“Eye twitching” is caused by repetitive and sometimes uncontrollable spasms of the eyelid muscle. Eye twitching can be caused by more serious underlying conditions including Tourette’s syndrome, Bell’s palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and even mad cow disease, or it can have simpler causes. Further factors that can cause or worsen eye twitching include stress, alcohol, caffeine, allergies, fatigue, and nutritional imbalances.
However, many cases of eye twitching are caused by dry eyes. This can create a nasty feedback loop: Dry eyes cause eye twitching, eye twitching worsens dry eyes, and the stress resulting from either can exacerbate the entire situation.
There is no known cure for eye twitching as the direct result of health conditions, but there are treatments to reduce its severity. Less invasive treatments for combating dry eyes as the result of eye twitching is to reduce the previously mentioned aggravating factors. More, consistent rest and avoidance of stress, caffeine, and alcohol may all contribute to bettering the condition. When one feels a bout of eye twitching about to come on, a warm compress applied to the eyes can help to alleviate some of the side effects. Coenzyme Q10, a ubiquitous and naturally occurring substance within the bodies of most animals, including ours, is sometimes effective against eye twitching, it’s affordable, and does not require a prescription.
There are more nonsurgical treatments for dry eyes as caused by eye twitching. Acupuncture, massage therapy, hypnosis, psychotherapy, tai chi, yoga, and other relaxation techniques offer help for eye twitching sans the necessity for surgery and drugs. Mostly, going to bed up to an hour earlier every night may provide the relief and rest needed to combat the affliction!
Outside of treating dry eye indirectly by addressing eye twitching as its cause, dry eyes may be directly treated themselves. Over-the-counter eye drops are an available and always advisable remedy for dry and uncomfortable eyes, but they always come with the caveat not to mix brands and not to take them too frequently. Fish and flaxseed oil as dietary supplements contain omega-3, which the body uses for eye health, and they may help to reduce dryness in the eyes. Eye Love makes a wonderful Omega 3 supplement that we recommend to all patients in our clinic.
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