This is what is making your eye twitch

Wonder no more

Uncontrollable eye-twitches can be one of the most irritating and irrational quirks of the human body. A suddenly pulsing eye-lid and irrepressible urge to blink can strike suddenly and without explanation, leaving you with the awkward air of looking like you’re trying to wink at everything in sight.

But what actually makes your eye twitch and how can you stop it from happening?

Eye twitching, or myokymia as it is known medically, occurs when the tiny muscles and nerves around the eye area are stimulated.

Fatigue or exhaustion are major contributors to eye twitches, so make sure you get enough sleep at night to keep it at bay. 

Caffeine is another key cause, as overloading on an energy boost can quicken the pulse and spark twitching. If you consume energy drinks or coffee, try and consume small amounts or spread them out throughout the day. Alcohol and smoking can also affect twitches and should be consumed in moderation.

Stress is another core factor. Unfortunately it can also be the most inconvenient cause as it can coincide twitches with important moments such as special events. It’s important to stay calm and try and relax- above all don’t get stressed about the fact that your eye is twitching or you’ll enter a vicious circle.

Whilst most twitches are mercifully temporary and will go if you are mindful of the above issues, some can be more serious. If you experience an eye twitch for a prolonged length of time, or are concerned by the nature, frequency or severity of it, you should always contact your doctor or GP as it could indicate a more serious condition such as Parkinson’s or a brain or nerve disorder or simply be a case of needing new glasses.

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