An uncontrollable spasm or involuntary movement of the upper eyelid that may last for a few seconds or may keep recurring after few seconds is called upper eyelid twitching. It usually affects the upper eyelids of both the eyes but rarely may occur simultaneously.
Most people develop eyelid twitch at some point in their lives and usually comes and goes away on its own. Though it is painless, it may be quite distracting and at times can be strong enough to force people to shut their eyes for a while. It can get annoying if it happens many times a day.
What Causes Twitching Of Upper Eyelid?
Upper eyelid twitching may be caused due to a number of reasons. Some of these include:
- Stress: Upper eyelid twitching may be a reaction to stress especially vision related stress such as eye strain or lack of fluid in the eyes or continuous exposure to strong light.
- Tiredness: Twitching of eyelids is also triggered by lack of sleep. This is because insufficient sleep can also lead to stress resulting in eyelid spasms.
- Eye strain: When your eyes are subjected to lot of strain like when you work without glasses when you badly need one or continue with obsolete lenses, your eyes may be working too hard. This may lead to eyelid twitching.
- Over exposure to screen: When you stare too long into computer screens, smart phones and tablets it may lead to vision-related stress and culminate in twitching of eyelid.
- Caffeine and alcohol: Too much addiction to caffeine or alcohol can cause the eye to twitch.
- Dry eyes: Eyes dry up with age. It is also common with people who wear contact lenses and use certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, etc.). Dry eyes may result in twitching.
- Nutritional imbalances: If your nutrition lacks magnesium, it can trigger eyelid spasms.
- Allergies: People with eye allergies often tend to rub their eyes, thereby causing histamine to be released into the eyelid tissues, thus causing eyelid twitching.
Home Remedies To Stop Upper Eye Lid Twitching
- Blink hard: This exercise can help you ward off twitching. Close your eyes squeeze it and open it wide. This can cure minor twitches. If the spasm is too strong, carry out the exercise for quite some time.
- Cucumber treatment: Cucumber or potato slices make eyelid muscles to relax. Close your eyes and place a sliced cucumber or potato piece on your closed eyelid for a few minutes. Repeat the process for 20 minutes.
- Tea bag treatment: Compress the affected eyelids with warm leftover tea bags. The caffeine and antioxidants in tea work as stress busters. Placing frozen vegetables gently on the closed eyelids can be very helpful.
- Massage: Gentle massaging of the eyelids with a wet towel can help the eye muscles to relax. Massaging has to be done as a daily routine.
- Rose water compress: Soak a cotton eye pad in some rose water and apply it to your eyelid. This can provide immense relief to the strained eye.
- Eucalyptus face steam: To ease upper eyelid twitching, you can steam your eye lids with eucalyptus oil steam. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a boiled bowl of water and steam your eyes your head covered with towel.
Twitching of the upper eyelid is a harmless disease. It needs timely treatment to ensure it doesn’t turn chronic and there can’t be a better treatment than home remedies.