You may notice your eye or eyelid twitching and wonder why it’s doing that. This involuntary movement may be completely harmless or could be the symptom of a more serious condition.

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You might experience eye or eyelid twitching if you’re tired or stress or even over caffeinated!  YES, too much of a good thing can do this🙄

Sometimes, however, the twitching is the first symptom of another condition.  You should Schedule an Eye Exam if your eye or eyelid twitching occurs for longer than a few days or is one of several symptoms.


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Here are some of the most common less serious causes:

Eye and eyelid twitching are not always symptoms of a severe condition. They may be related to your:

  • emotions
  • level of rest
  • environment

Harmless eye twitching that goes away after a brief period is called myokymia. It can affect both the top and bottom eyelids for a few hours at a time. You may experience the twitching for several days in a row.

Triggers for this condition can include:

Often managing these triggers can help reduce or eliminate the twitching.

When to worry about an eye twitch

Eyelid or eye twitching that lasts more than a few days or that occurs with other symptoms are indications to speak with a doctor. You should also SEE YOUR EYE DOCTOR if you cannot control your eyelid or close it all the way.

Neglecting to diagnose a lasting eye twitch could result in structural damage to your eye or the worsening of symptoms associated with another more serious condition.