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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?

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Dr Claudine Pang
Ophthalmologist
Singapore
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Dr Claudine Pang
Ophthalmologist
Singapore
(14 Ratings)
Answered on Thu Jan 25 2018 13:05:23 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Dear Daniel,

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Keep eyelids clean and oil-free by using lid wipes or lid scrubs with warm compress twice daily. Hyperactive oil glands at...
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Dr Ethan
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Dr Ethan
Singapore
Answered on Thu Jan 25 2018 13:06:49 GMT+0000 (UTC)

Hi Daniel,

Eyelid twitching is actually fairly common, and almost always benign (ie, harmless).

Possible causes include:

1. Fatigue/stress

2. Alcohol/caffeine

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...

0 463 views 0 Doctors agree Thu Jan 25 2018 13:06:49 GMT+0000 (UTC)
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