Blepharospasm, also referred to as eyelid tics, happens when your eyelids repeatedly and involuntarily twitch. Though this is a common condition, it can sometimes indicate an underlying medical problem.
Your optometrist form Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care talks about this condition in detail.
What Causes Blepharospasm
There are multiple factors that can lead to blepharospasm. Problems with the basal ganglia, the part of your brain that controls muscle movement, may lead to this condition. Stress, lack of sleep or having an incorrect lens prescription can also cause your eye muscles to become fatigued, making them twitch.
Increased alcohol and caffeine intake are additional risk factors for blepharospasm development, as is excessive time spent on digital devices. This is why we advise resting your eyes regularly when working on the computer or other electronic devices by following the 20-20-20 rule — after 20 minutes on your device, look at an object 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Wearing computer eyeglasses can help too. Recurring eye allergies, dry eyes and over-exhaustion may cause eye twitching as well.
What You Can Do About Blepharospasm
Blepharospasm treatment depends on the underlying cause, which is why you should visit your trusted eye specialist for a more thorough evaluation. Comprehensive eye exams usually involve assessment of both your eyes and brain to pinpoint the root cause of your eye twitches.
Once we have the results of your comprehensive eye exam, we’ll create your treatment plan. If we find that incorrect lens power triggers your eyelids to jerk, for example, we will adjust your prescription. We may also prescribe muscle relaxants to relieve your discomfort. For more severe cases, surgery may be needed to correct this problem.
To learn more about eyelid twitches, get in touch with us at (301) 859-4060. You may also fill out our form to schedule an appointment. We serve areas throughout Alexandria, VA, and Rockville, MD.