Should I be concerned that my left eyelid has been twitching for more than a month?
Left lower eyelid twitching for more than a month. It started to twitch during my exam preparation since mid November 2017 till now. I’m not sure if this is a symptom of some kind of disease. Or just the stress build up during the exam period. Now I am free from exam but it still keep twitching on and off daily till now. Anyone can help?
Eyelid twitching or blepharospasm is very common. Almost everyone would have experienced it at least once in their lifetime. It comes about due to over-excitation of the eyelid muscles. It is usually harmless although it can be rather annoying!
It may be triggered by a variety (or even a combination) of these factors: eye irritation, caffeine, alcohol, dehydration, high potassium diet, stress, and fatigue.
If you are still experiencing eyelid twitching, you may address it in the following ways:
- Use lubricating eye drops which may be bought from over the counter (for example Refresh Plus) at least 4 times a day to moisturise your eyes. Often, simply curing dry eyes will resolve eyelid twitching.
- Keep eyelids clean and oil-free by using lid wipes or lid scrubs with warm compress twice daily. Hyperactive oil glands at...
Eyelid twitching is actually fairly common, and almost always benign (ie, harmless).
Possible causes include:
3. Eyelid strain
Eyelid twitching often goes away by itself without any treatment at all.
Unfortunately, it can sometimes take a while to resolve completely – as you’ve noted, your eyelid twitching has gone on for more than a month.
Rarely, there are some other underlying causes of persistent eyelid twitching that require a medical doctor’s review. These are often accompanied by other types of symptoms, such as spasms or involuntary movements in other parts of your body.
I wouldn’t be overly worried about your eyelid twitching if I were in your shoes, from the limited amount of information that you’ve provided (single eyelid twitching). However, if it’s a cause of concern for...