A closer look why our eyelids twitch

July 8, 2014

Ever feel your eye twitch? It seems as though everyone is noticing it, right? Although it’s annoying, this common nerve twitch is usually harmless. Here's why.

A closer look why our eyelids twitch

It’s not worth fainting over

Almost everyone has experienced these involuntary twitches at one time or another. In most cases, it's more annoying than anything else. Although we're not sure why our eyelids suddenly develop these tremors, we know certain situations and various behaviours can exacerbate this irritating tic.


Everyone reacts differently to stress. Eye twitching can be a manifestation of stress, along with other symptoms, such as moist hands or a dry throat.

  • The best solution is to deal with the source of stress, eat healthy food and get regular exercise.


Along with low energy and lots of yawning, fatigue can also result in eye twitching.

  • All you need to do is close your eyes and get more sleep.

Dry eyes

Ageing, taking certain medications, or wearing contact lenses can cause dry eyes. They can also result in eye twitching.

  • Your doctor or your optometrist can help you remedy the situation.

Tired eyes

If you have experienced a deterioration of your eyesight or if you’re spending too much time in front of your computer, your eyes can get tired and start twitching.

  • Having an eye exam or wearing eyeglasses for computers could remedy the problem.

Tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine

Consuming any of these stimulants or depressants can cause eye twitching.

  • Decreasing your consumption of these products is a good solution to try.

A smooth start

When eye twitching appears, it can last for a few hours or even a few days.

  • It generally disappears the same way it began, without your even noticing.

A more serious condition

If the eye twitching lasts more than two or three weeks and is continuous, it would be best to consult a doctor.

  • Although it is generally harmless, the twitch may be the sign of a more serious condition, such as Tourette syndrome.

Keep your eyes open

The next time you are the victim of that little oddity of eye twitching, de-stress and get some rest. More than likely, your eyelids will once again keep still. And if you have any doubts or further concerns, make an appointment to see your doctor.

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