It can be a strange sensation to be going about your day when, seemingly out of nowhere, your eye begins to twitch. If this happens to you, take comfort in the fact that besides being painless, an eye twitch is almost always harmless and usually subsides on its own. If you’ve wondered why you have periodic eye spasms every so often, check out some of the most frequent causes for this condition.
- Stress. Vision problems and stress can go hand in hand. When your eyes have been working too hard, it can cause vision issues like eye strain, which can trigger an eye twitch. It’s a good idea to visit your eye doctor for a checkup because it may be a sign that you need to get or renew your prescription for eyeglasses or contact.
- Allergies. Allergies bring on itchy and watery eyes, which can be irritating enough to make you rub your eyes a lot. When you rub your eyes over and over, however, it releases histamine into your eyes, which has been linked to eye twitching.
- Computer screen. Eye stress can be caused by staring at a computer screen for a long period. If you work in a setting that requires you to be on the computer for prolonged periods, you may benefit from special computer eyeglasses. Talk to your doctor to see if this may help with eye stress and twitching.
- Dry eyes. Medications like antidepressants and antihistamines can dry out your eyes and cause prompt eye twitching. And computers can also trigger dry eyes, which may lead to twitching. Your doctor can determine the best treatment for your dry eyes.
- Eye twitching is often caused by too much caffeine. And drinking alcohol in excess is also a prime trigger. Consider cutting back on alcohol and caffeine if you experience frequent twitches.
While eye twitches are rarely a sign of something serious, if they happen for weeks or months at a time, it can lead to a chronic condition, even vision impairment. If you are experiencing severe eye twitches, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sondheimer in Chicago online or by calling 847-677-2794.