How to deal with eyelid twitching
Eyelid twitching is a recurring, spontaneous spasm of the eyelid muscles. The twitch usually happens in the upper lid, but can also happen to both upper and lower eyelids. These spasms are mild just like a minor yank on the eyelid. Sometimes, the spasm is strong that it drives the eyelid to close completely.
The spasms happen every second to a minute or two, sometimes unpredictably. The twitch may not happen for several days, in weeks or even months. Most spasms can heal on their own without treatment, but it can be a symptom of a chronic movement condition particularly if the spasms involve facial twitching or uncontrollable movements.
Causes of eyelid twitching
- Alcohol consumption
- Excessive caffeine and other stimulants
- Exposure to bright lights
- Physical exertion
- Irritation on the surface of the eye or inner eyelids
- Minimize the consumption of caffeine such as coffee and soda
- Take plenty of sleep at least for 7-8 hours.
- Use over-the-counter artificial tears or eye drops to keep the surface and membranes of the eye lubricated.
- Apply a warm compress over the eyes when the spasms begin.
- Close the eyes as tight and open the eyes as wide as possible. Continue with this blinking until the eyes begin to produce tears. Stop if it causes pain or the twitching becomes severe. This procedure will spread the tears evenly to hydrate the eye, relax the lid, stretch the eye and facial muscles and ensure proper eye circulation.
- Gently massage the bottom eyelid of the affected eye in a circular movement using the middle finger for at least 30 seconds. Make sure that the hands and face are clean before massaging the affected area to prevent infection. Massage can help increase the circulation of blood in the area, stimulate and strengthen the muscles.
- Close the eyes for a minute and during this time, squeeze the eyes shut more tightly and release without opening the eye. Perform at least 3 repetitions before opening the eyes. This exercise will lubricate the eyes and increase the production of tears and strengthen the eye muscles.
- Splash the eye alternately with cold and warm water. With the eyes closed, splash the eye with cold and warm water. The cold water constricts the blood vessels and warm water dilates them to increase circulation and flow of blood to the area.