Ophthalmology & Optometry/Rogue eye spasm


Hi there! I know that eye twitches are very common and generally go away, but I've recently been having a different type of "twitch" that has been worrying me.In my right eye, on the top lid, in the outer corner. I have been having (for 5 days) a spasm every time I squeeze my eyes shut/sneeze/blink too hard.

Generally, when I have eye twitches, it's because of lack of sleep or stress (I'm a 21 yr old female). This is not like those twitches, and I'm not stressed/tired. The spasm will happen only when I reopen my eye, and it starts out strong and then slowly dies down over the course of 10-15 seconds.You can hardly see it, except one or two of my eyelashes subtly move as the twitch pulsates.

It's been stressing me out because I get nervous when things could possibly be wrong with my eyes. I don't want this to be some sort of thing that will lead to nerve damage or something (yes, dramatic, but possible?). Should I see someone about this and make sure that something isn't wrong/stuck up there? Or what would your best course of advice/action be?

Thanks so much!

Blepharospasm or lid tic can indeed occur from stress, anxiety, fatigue, etc but also from diet and toxicity. For example, too much caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, chocolate,etc), sugar, nuts, cheeses, alcohol, smoking, etc can trigger this response.  Also eyestrain can be the culprit so my advice to you is get your eyes checked out to figure out what the culprit could be to cause your lid spasms.

Good luck

dr. ken

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B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992

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