What is Ocular Myokymia (Eye Twitching)?

WRITTEN BY: Eye Center
Friday, January 17th, 2014

Ocular myokymia, more commonly known as eye twitching, can be either twitching of the eyelids or the twitching of the eye. Jen Will, MD, an ophthalmologist at UPMC Eye Center, further explains the causes and treatments of eye twitching.

What are the Causes of Eye Twitching?

For the most part, the causes of eyelid and/or eye twitching are benign. Most of the time, it can be due to:

  • Lack of sleep
  • Increased stress
  • Increased caffeine intake or other stimulant intake
  • Dry eyes
  • A combination of all of the mentioned factors

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What are the Treatments for Eye Twitching?

Eye or eyelid twitching can usually be resolved by making lifestyle changes such as reducing stress, getting more sleep, or reducing the intake of stimulants, such as caffeine.

When should you see a doctor?

A patient should consult a doctor when the eyelid and/or eye twitching persists longer than a few months and/or is associated with other symptoms such as double vision, weakness of eyelid closure and/or numbness, or tingling. Although these symptoms are rare, if they appear a patient should consult their doctor immediately.

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