We've all had it happen to us: an involuntary fluttering of our eyelid, interrupting our vision and letting us know the next 20 minutes to an hour are going to be difficult to sit through. Eye twitches can negatively affect your day and threaten to send incorrect signals in your interactions with others. But the problem often has less to do with general eye care than with how you are treating the rest of your body.
Eye twitches are rarely a sign of any major problems with the eye or eye muscles. It's helpful to think of them as similar to hiccups--annoying, especially if they are persistent, but probably not harmful. However, if your eye continues to twitch for several days in a row, you ought to visit an ophthalmologist, as you could be experiencing a blepharospasm, which requires professional treatment.
On the whole, though, eyes twitch for reasons that tend to be benign:
- Eye strain
- Dry eyes
- Increased caffeine intake
- Increased alcohol intake
- Dietary issues
A twitching eye may not mean much for your ocular health, but it could suggest that you ought to pay more attention to your overall health. Going to your doctor's for a physical could be helpful, or if you think the problem is with your eyes, you may wish to schedule an eye exam.
The ophthalmologists at Seeta Eye Care Centers are willing to help with any eye problems residents of Highland, Poughkeepsie, Yorktown, and the surrounding areas may have. You can contact us at 845-454-1025 .