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Why is my right eye twitching?

Asked by brettvdb (1192points) October 25th, 2010

I noticed on Saturday afternoon that my right eye was twitching every so often. Now it is Monday and it hasn’t gone away. When I pay attention to it, it twitches a couple times a minute.

Does anyone know why this might be happening? I feel like I’ve gotten a decent amount of sleep lately and haven’t been particularly stressed – these were two common explanations others have given me.

It is only occurring in my right eye – the eye isn’t sore or itchy at all. In fact when it’s not twitching it feels completely normal.

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GeorgeGee's avatar
* Lack of sleep (Treatment Page): If you haven’t been getting enough sleep lately especially if it has been an ongoing issue this is a likely cause of your eye twitching. This is connected to general fatigue.
* Stress (Treatment Page): Events in your life that have caused you to become stressed out may be the reason you are suffering from eye twitches. This is connected to general fatigue.
* Fatigue (Treatment Page): General fatigue from overworking yourself or living a sedentary lifestyle is another possibility. It seems physical fatigue, which comes in many forms, is often a trigger for eye twitching.
* Screens(Comp/TV) (Treatment Page): This is one of the more controversial causes as many people who have an eye twitch don’t look at a screen excessively. However, it is still a very common cause for a lot of people. Our eyes depend on constant movement and focusing at different distances to stay healthy.
* Vitamin Deficiency (Treatment Page): If you aren’t eating a balanced diet you might be missing out on certain vitamins and minerals. A vitamin deficiency eye twitching is a very common cause but also one that is easy to treat.
* Eye Strain (Treatment Page): Your vision might have gotten worse causing you to strain your eyes when reading, driving or other common tasks. Most people don’t even notice when they’re straining their eyes so check during activities when you’re using your eyes.
* Allergies (Treatment Page): When you’re suffering from allergies your eyes can become very irritated and produce eyelid twitching. A lot of times a person won’t have any other symptoms of allergies so this can be a hard cause to uncover. If you have a history of allergies this is a good possibility though.
* Caffeine (Treatment Page): As I’m sure you know caffeine is a stimulant and acts on the central nervous system. If you’ve been consuming excessive amounts of caffeine or using it for a long time this could be the cause.
* Pinched Nerve (Treatment Page): Both physical trauma and gradual tension build up can result in a compressed or pinched nerve in the neck or face resulting in eye twitching.
* Medication (Treatment Page): Certain medications have a history of producing eye twitches as a side effect. If you’re taking any medication do research on possible side effects and consult your doctor.
* Withdrawal (Treatment Page): Benzodiazepine withdrawal and long term use very often produce eyelid twitching. Very often this produces blepharospasm which is when both eyes are affacted and is a known risk factor for developing it.
* Neurological Disorder (Treatment Page): There is a long list of neurological disorders that can cause eyelid twitches but producing such a list would only scare you. If you have no other medical issues or symptoms then you probably don’t have a neurological problem but always consult with a doctor if you’re concerned this is a possibility.

muppetish's avatar

It is caused by any number of things (as you can tell from @GeorgeGee‘s post). When I experience it, it is usually when I am tired or from irritation (such as dust or rubbing my eyes too often, which is a bad habit.) Funnily enough, I think I only experience this with my right eye as well. I’m not sure why that is.

Chances are, it is nothing to be concerned about unless it is disrupting your life (occurring more frequently than what feels normal to you) or if it is painful.

brettvdb's avatar

Yeah I mean its not painful or anything, just a little uncomfortable when i notice it happening frequently. I guess I’ll just get lots of sleep tonight and see if it’s improved tomorrow.

Thanks for the advice guys.

JilltheTooth's avatar

Left eye for me, usually fatigue and/or stress.

perg's avatar

For me, it’s stress especially when I don’t feel particularly stressed. It’s like, my brain is supressing the stress, but it’s manifesting itself anyway. I take it as a hint to consider what may be bugging me so I can address it.

desiree333's avatar

Have you recently been on vacation? I went to England last March and the whole time my left eye twitched. For some reason, about 20 minutes or so after the plane landed home it stopped twitching.

CFi's avatar

Me too, I was just getting ready to post this question myself, but it’s my Left eye that is doing it today. Thanks for asking!

Rarebear's avatar

It’s a tic. It’s benign, usually stress related, and they usually go away.

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