Blepharospasm is a condition that causes your eyelids to involuntarily jerk back and forth. It involves rapid, continuous eye movements, which can be uncomfortable. It can also compromise your eyesight to a certain degree if it’s not managed properly. Read on as your expert optometrist at Shady Grove Eye and Vision Care discusses some common causes of this problem.
Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep can make you feel tired and irritable, increasing your stress levels. Everyone reacts to stress in different ways. Your muscles, including those controlling your eye movements, may tense up, causing eye twitches. Try to make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night to help reduce the effects of blepharospasm.
Too Much Caffeine
Caffeine is a substance commonly found in coffee, tea and even chocolate. Caffeine overload excites your central nervous system. This stimulates your brain to speed up the processes in your body, which is why you may feel jittery after having one too many coffees. You may also experience uncontrolled muscle and eyelid spasms. Moderation is the key when it comes to caffeinated drinks.
Visual Acuity Changes
Blurry vision may be a sign of visual acuity changes. If your blurred vision is not managed properly, your eyes will try to compensate by working overtime, which can lead to eye fatigue and other symptoms like eye twitching. If you experience this problem, you may need to start wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.
Spending too much time on the computer can wear out your eyes, causing computer vision syndrome. One common symptom of this condition is spontaneous eyelid jerking. We advise practicing the 20-20-20 rule whenever working on your computer or other digital devices for extended periods of time. After every 20 minutes, rest your eyes on an object 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds.
Your diet plays a central role in your overall health. Nutritional imbalances may adversely affect your bodily processes, including your eye movements. We may have you perform certain eye exercises during your eye exam to check for signs of this problem. If your diet is the culprit, we will create a recommended diet plan as part of your treatment.
For more information about blepharospasm, call us at (301) 859-4060. You may also fill out our form to schedule a visit. We serve Rockville, MD, and Alexandria, VA.