This is why your eye randomly starts twitching and how to stop it

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Have you ever experienced the uncomfortable and annoying moment your eye starts to repetitively and uncontrollably spasm and twitch for no apparent reason?

It’s enough to drive anyone up the wall!

While the twitching – which is caused by tiny nerves and muscles around the eye - is inherently harmless, it is annoying nonetheless …

Well, it turns out there are actually more than a few reasons why your eyelid is convulsing and knowing these triggers can help you put a stop to it.

According to optometrists twitching can be caused by:

  • Fatigue
  • Lack of sleep
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Eyestrain
  • Eye irritation
  • Too much caffeine
  • Too much sugar
  • Too much alcohol

Anything on that list ring true for you? Well, it could be time to cut out some of the treats, up your water intake, and take up some relaxation techniques - and for goodness sakes get some sleep!

And what if you need the spasms to stop, like, now?

Some techniques to help soothe your tired twitching eyes include trying out over-the-counter eye drops, taking breaks from all screens and devices, and getting nice a warm compress on those peepers and massaging them gently.

It’s worth noting that continuous twitching could be the sign of bigger problems such as blepharitis, dry eye syndrome or conjunctivitis and in rare cases can be a sign of Parkinson’s disease or Tourette’s syndrome, so it is best to visit your local doctor or optometrist if you are very concerned about your eye twitching.

Good luck!