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Why does eye twitching happen and how to stop it?

CSMS Magazine

You’ve got a deadline to meet, and you need to focus. The only problem? Your eye won’t. Stop. Twitching. Although this distraction is mostly out of your control, there are a few things you can do to prevent and treat this frustrating flutter. Eye twitching, also known as myokymia, is common and usually isn’t cause for concern. Myokymia is caused by small, involuntary contractions of the muscles around your eye.

Typically, eye twitching is your body’s way of telling you to pay attention to your stress levels, sleep habits or caffeine consumption. When myokymia occurs in the face, the most frequently affected muscle is the orbicularis oculi. Myokymia in this muscle results in small, visible contractions of part of the eyelid, typically the lower eyelid. Eyelid myokymia (EM) tend to be transient and self-limiting within a few days of onset.

How to stop eye twitching

Reducing stress is good for your whole body, including your eyes. Take some time to recharge and release your stress through self-care activities like exercise, meditation or practicing your favorite hobbies. Another way to stop myokymia is to reduce your caffeine intake to avoid the migraines that can come from a two-day detox of caffeine in your system.

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