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What makes eyelids twitch?

Asked by nebrow (30points) August 2nd, 2007

My eyelids have been twitching alot lately and its annoying. Anyone know why this happens?

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Gavel's avatar

Dunno what happens, but I find lack of sleep causes it. Try getting some extra-long shut-eye and see if it stops.

rowenaz's avatar

Stress will also make them twitch. Give yourself a little facial massage on your forehead, temples, and your scalp. That should also help (along with more sleep).

apb3's avatar

Irritation of the eye itself.

get more sleep
drink/ingest less caffeine
Use eyedrops to lubricate/soothe the eye and inside of lid
In severe cases, Botox may be used to alleviate spasms.

joli's avatar

You need more potassium. When people are under a lot of stress they tend to burn up the mineral potassium really fast. Eat a tomato, potato or a banana and the fluttering will stop!

sndfreQ's avatar

@ joli 'spot' dad is a doctor & always said it is a lack of potassium & to eat bananas...

nebrow's avatar

thats constantly eating bananas so that must not be the problem...

gooch's avatar

muscle twitch is caused by fatigue if not from a vitamin defincy. If rest doesn't fix it you may need glasses. Eye strain may cause the muscle fatigue.

kylecnj's avatar

Low potassium levels is usually the most common cause. It can also be fatigue, in which case you should see an eye doctor.

emilyrose's avatar

i had this problem a while ago and it ended up going away, but i did a bunch of web research and found a page or a blog or something where a bunch of people swore by going to the chiropractor. they said it was a vertabrae in the neck or something. i dont remember. you could try it!!! but sleep and stress are definite factors as well.

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GabrielsLamb's avatar

Could be lots of reasons, some major some minor. Mostly it is as a stress response of your central nervous system and Joli is right, potassium is the thing to take, but remember of course to take it along with magnesium for absorption

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