If you’ve ever had an eye twitch, you know how uncomfortable it can be. Eye twitches are involuntary, repetitive spasms of the eyelid muscle. They can last anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two. Most of the time, eye twitching is harmless and fairly common. Mostly, only the bottom lid of the eye is involved, but the top eyelid also can twitch.
Although it may occur without any real cause, eye twitching is provoked or made worse by certain conditions. Natural home remedies can be used to get rid of eye twitching once you know the cause.
Eye Twitching – Causes and Home Remedies
Every one reacts differently to stress. Eye twitching can be a sign of stress, especially when it occurs in conjunction with vision problems.
While we’re all under stress at times, our bodies react in different ways, and a twitching eye can be one sign of stress.
To combat your stress, you can use a range of natural remedies. For example, meditation is a great way to help you relax, and is one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health.
You can use these tips for meditating without even sitting down, or do yoga which is another great way to relieve stress.
You can also use these effective natural remedies to relieve stress and anxiety or these essential oils for anxiety and depression.
Lack of Sleep
Sleep deprivation can affect your body in so many ways and I’ve already written about it in my article about the 23 dangers of sleep deprivation. If you’re not resting well at night, you may experience an eye twitch as a result of lack of sleep.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night by turning off all electronics approximately two hours before you go to bed. Your last meal should be eaten two to three hours before bedtime. You may also want to consider going to bed an hour earlier to make sure you’re getting enough sleep.
To improve your sleep you can consume these foods for better sleep, try these herbs for insomnia, or use these essential oils for better sleep. You can also try this breathing technique promoted by Dr. Andrew Weil, that will help you to quickly fall asleep.
Caffeine, Tobacco and Alcohol
Products that have a stimulating or depressant effect, such as caffeine, tobacco and alcohol, can cause your eye to twitch. If tobacco use is your vice, here are five scientifically proven ways to stop smoking.
Caffeine drinkers may find that swapping out their second or third cup of coffee for the day with herbal tea or fruit infused water may provide just as much energy.
Best of it, it will also keep you hydrated. Fruit infused water is also a great replacement for alcoholic beverages. Put down the alcohol and reach for some water or herbal tea the next time you notice an eye twitch coming on.
Dry eyes are especially common in the older generation. They also occur in people who sit in front of a computer for long hours every day, people who wear contact lenses, caffeine and alcohol drinkers, and those who take certain medications. Insomnia and stress may also cause dry eyes.
For immediate relief of your dry eyes and to soothe a twitching eye, try applying a warm compress or warm tea bag over your eyes. You can make your own compress by soaking a washcloth in warm water and applying it over your closed eyes while lying down.
If you work a desk job or just spend a large amount of time looking at a computer screen or electronic devices, you may experience eye strain that can result in twitching.
If you’re working, try taking a quick 5 minute break every hour or so to get away from your computer screen. Step outside if you can to get some fresh air and natural sunlight.
Eye strain may also be an indication of poor eye sight. In this instance, you may want to have your eyes checked to rule out poor vision as a cause for eye twitching or try these eye exercises.
Some nutritional deficiencies can cause an eye twitch.
Potassium is an electrolyte that is effective in treating muscle spasms and other disorders by supporting proper functioning of the tissues, cells and organs. You can learn more about potassium deficiencies and which foods contain potassium in my article about potassium deficiency – causes, symptoms and what to do.
Magnesium helps regulate the nervous and circulatory system. It prevents uncontrolled muscle spasms by steadying heart rhythm and stabilizing blood pressure as well as maintaining nerve impulses. Learn more about magnesium deficiency and foods containing magnesium in my article about the top signs that you have magnesium deficiency and what to do about it.
Calcium is also a nutrient that plays an important role in maintaining the nervous system, an important factor in treating spasms.
It should be mentioned that calcium alone is often not enough. Without magnesium, calcium may be not fully utilized, as magnesium is needed for calcium absorption. Also vitamin K2 and vitamin D are very important for calcium absorption in the body, so as you can see, there is a synergy between different nutrients, and the combination of them gives the full health benefits. You can find more information about calcium in my articles about osteoporosis and discovering better sources of calcium than dairy products.
Some people suffer from allergies due to environmental irritants which can cause itching, swelling and watery eyes. In these cases the eyes are usually rubbed and this can cause eyelid twitching. In this case try to identify the element that causes the eye irritation and eliminate it if you can or use these essential oils for allergy relief.
Eye Twitching – When to See a Doctor
If you think your eye twitching may be a sign of poor vision, you’ll need to see an optometrist that can put you through a series of tests.
You will also want to see an eye doctor when eye twitching becomes chronic or lasts for several months. When other symptoms accompany an eye twitch, you will want to get checked out by a doctor as this can be a sign of a brain or neurological disorder.
See a doctor if the following symptoms accompany your eye twitch:
- Swelling or redness of the eye
- An unusual discharge from the eye
- A drooping eyelid
- The eyelid completely shuts each time it twitches
- The twitching affects other areas of your face
You may also develop a chronic eye twitch if you have an undiagnosed corneal abrasion. In this case there is a scratch or an injury on the eye’s cornea which is the clear, protective lens that is in front of the iris. You should see a doctor immediately if you think you may have injured your eye as corneal scratches can cause permanent eye damage.
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