Eyelid Twitch: Care Instructions

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An eyelid twitch is a muscle spasm in your eyelid that you cannot control. Sometimes the eyelid closes or nearly closes and then opens again. You may have problems with one or both eyes. You may also be sensitive to bright light.

Your eyelid muscles may twitch because you are tired or stressed. Drinking beverages with caffeine can also cause eyelid twitches. These twitches may bother you off and on for several days. This type of eyelid twitch is common and can be very annoying. Often, the eyelid twitch goes away while you sleep and starts again when you are awake. Most people do not even notice when the twitch stops.

Your doctor may not be able to find a cause for your eyelid twitching. If your eyelid twitching is severe, you may consider getting botulinum toxin (Botox) injections.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Get more sleep, which can help relieve eyelid twitches.
  • Drink less caffeine. It can cause muscle spasms in your eyes.
  • Use eyedrops to keep your eyes moist.

When should you call for help?

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • The twitching in your eyelid lasts longer than 1 week.
  • You begin to have twitches in other parts of your face.
  • You have redness or swelling of your eye.
  • You have fluid leaking from your eye.
  • Your eyelid closes completely.
  • You do not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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