5 Possible Reasons Why Your Eye Won’t Stop Twitching

Persistent eye twitching can be extremely irritating. But while there is normally no need for concern, there could be a reason for issues occurring.

Applying a warm compress against your twitching eye and softly massaging your eyelid often helps, but if that fails, then the following key factors could apply.

  1. Insufficient Sleep

Not achieving the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep for adults could contribute to persistent eye twitching. Therefore, if your eye twitching has been ongoing for a while now, try getting a better night of sleep.

  1. Stress or Anxiety

Whether it is in your work, social or personal life, being too stressed can cause eye twitching. If you have been experiencing a lot of stress, try some anti-stress tactics to provide relief. Meditation, long walks, reading and exercise are all good ideas. Hopefully once you start to calm your mind down, your eye twitching will eventually stop.

  1. Eye Strain

Allowing your eyes to spend too much time focusing on bright screens can strain your eyes.

Consequently, this can cause eye twitching. Therefore, reducing your screen time can help to stop the twitching. You should also take time for frequent eye breaks, where you look to something distant (away from your screen) for at least 20 seconds at a time.

  1. Electrolyte Imbalances

In an effort to rebalance your electrolytes, supplements such as magnesium and potassium could help. Alternatively, bananas and sweet potatoes contain the same nutrients if you would rather not take tablets.

  1. Caffeine or Medication

If you feel like your eye twitching begins after your morning cup of coffee, cutting out caffeine for a while might make a difference.

Eye twitching can also be a side effect of medication. If you feel that your medication could be the cause of your eye twitching, visit your doctor. They can then advise you on what to do next, as it is never advisable to stop taking your medication without professional medical advice first.

When to Seek Medical Advice

Eye twitching can be no cause for concern, however it could also signal an underlying problem. If your twitch is accompanied by redness, puss or a crusty build up it could be an infection or pink eye.

If you are concerned or if your eye twitch is persistent over a long period of time, visit your doctor.

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