A Holistic Approach To Health
Living With Eye Twitching
I had a question the other day about eye twitching.
Eye twitching is a repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasm of your eyelid, usually your upper lid.
It usually affects the eye muscles of both eyes.
If you have eye twitching, you may have an involuntary movement that recurs every several seconds for a minute or two.
Most people develop a minor eyelid twitch at some point in their lives.
The causes include:
The twitch is painless and harmless.
It usually goes away on its own.
But it can be quite annoying.
And that’s especially true if the spasms are strong enough to cause your eyelids to completely close shut before they reopen.
In some cases eye twitching is more than a minor annoyance.
Some people have spasms that happen often throughout the day.
Symptoms can recur for days, weeks, or even months.
That can cause a lot of emotional distress.
It can interfere with quality of life.
In its most serious forms, which are relatively uncommon, eye twitching can become chronic.
It can cause persistent winking and squinting.
If it progresses to the point where you have difficulty keeping your eyes open, it can cause severe vision impairment.
Sometimes, eye twitching can be a sign of an eye condition like:
>Blepharitis (inflammation of eyelids).
Very rarely, it can be a sign of a brain or nerve disorder like:
Eye twitching can also be a side effect of some medications.
The most common ones are drugs used to treat psychosis and epilepsy.
There are 3 common types of eye twitch:
>Minor eyelid twitch.
>Benign essential blepharospasm.
Minor eyelid twitch is often associated with lifestyle factors like fatigue, stress, lack of sleep, and/or use of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine.
It also can be caused by irritation of the surface of your eye (cornea) or the membranes lining your eyelids (conjunctiva).
Sometimes the cause can’t be identified.
In almost all cases it’s painless and harmless.
Benign essential blepharospasm usually develops in mid- to late-adulthood and gradually worsens.
It’s twice as common in women as in men.
It’s not a serious condition, but it can interfere with your daily life in more severe cases.
Typically, it starts with excessive blinking and/or eye irritation that may be triggered by fatigue, stress, and/or irritants like bright light, wind, or air pollution.
As it worsens, it may lead to increased sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and facial spasms.
In severe cases, the spasms can become so intense that your eyelids stay shut for up to several hours.
Researchers believe that it may result from a combination of environmental and genetic factors.
Although it’s usually random, it sometimes runs in families.
Hemifacial spasm is quite rare and involves more than just your eyelid muscles.
It usually involves the muscles around your mouth.
It usually affects only one side of your face.
In most cases, it’s caused by an artery pressing on the nerve to your facial muscles.
To deal with eye twitching it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily.
*Increase your intake of essential fats (flax oil, Omega-3 oils, etc.).
*Consider herbs such as Eyebright and Bilberry.
*Use Enfuselle products.
*Try warm compresses (can be made from tea bag).
*Have a diet rich in bioflavonoids (berries, colorful veggies, etc.).
*Eliminate toxic cosmetics, eye care, and personal care products.
*Eliminate toxic household and laundry cleaners.
*Eliminate poor air quality, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate chlorinated shower/bath water, which could be irritating.
*Eliminate “hidden” allergies or sensitivities, which may aggravate your eyes.
*Avoid free radical damage; check heavy metal toxicity.
*Eliminate hydrogenated or trans fats, sugar and white flour.
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