What is Blepharospasm?

Eye twitches

Why Are My Eyelids Twitching?

Twitching is usually related to the nerves, where a nerve conduction problem causes the muscle(s) around the eye to involuntarily contract.

Some of the causes include:

  • Stress
  • Fatigue or lack of sleep
  • Excessive caffeine

Vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to eyelid twitching. These include:

  • Vitamin B12 – This vitamin is important in energy metabolism, health red blood cell function and nerves. A deficiency in Vitamin B12 can cause shaky movements, muscle weakness and hypotension. There may be an underlying medical condition in the case of B12 deficiency.
  • Vitamin D – This vitamin is important in the uptake and regulation of calcium, which works on muscle contraction. The best form of Vitamin D is generally spending adequate time in the sun.
  • Electrolyte Imbalance – The body needs adequate electrolytes and fluid for your muscles to function properly. These include Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, and in lesser amounts, Chlorine and Phosphate. If you have been drinking or are dehydrated due to illness, sport, or simply a lack of fluid intake, your electrolytes may be out of balance and cause muscle contraction, spasms or shaking.

How Do I Make Them Stop?

Unfortunately, there is no definite way to stop this twitching – it is simply your nerves randomly firing. Some have suggested that massaging the lid or the use of a warm compress over the affected eye for approximately three minutes may help relieve the affected muscles.

For chronic twitching (blepharospasm), there are some treatment options available to reduce its occurrence. These include oral medication or Botox, which is injected into the muscles of the eyelids to temporarily paralyse the muscle, relaxing the spasm. Its effects are temporary, however, so after a few months, the treatment will have to be repeated if desired.

If you’re worried about twitches or would like information on chronic twitching, drop in or book an appointment today!

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