Eyelid Twitch

Eyelid Twitch: What it is, Why it Happens, and How to Stop It

Konrad Filutowski, MD

Konrad Filutowski, MD

Have you ever been talking with someone and all of a sudden you start to feel your eyelid twitch?  Or, you wake up after a long night of little sleep, down the espresso, and on your drive to work you start to notice your eyelid twitching? Or better yet, you are working endlessly on the computer and your eyelid starts to quiver?

Myokymia (Eyelid Twitch)

Well, the medical term for this is called Myokymia. Myokymia is the unilateral spontaneous, involuntary fascicular contraction of the eyelid muscles. It usually involves the lower eyelid muscle, but sometimes can affect the upper eyelid muscle. It can affect any person, at any point in time. In some cases, the twitching may persist for several weeks. An over intake of alcohol or caffeine most commonly causes myokymia. Fatigue or stress can also cause it.

How to Stop Eyelid Twitching

The condition will spontaneously resolve, however, some people may find the application of a warm water compress relaxes the muscle contraction. Otherwise, decreasing exposure to visual forms of eye strain (such as computers and television), decreasing the consumption of alcohol and caffeine, and getting adequate sleep are recommended.


For You

Related Posts

Welcome Ariana Diamond, MD!

We are excited to announce our recent addition to the Filutowski Eye Institute Team of Ophthalmologist – Ariana Diamond MD. Dr. Diamond went to the

Read More »

Welcome Siripong Rojanasthien, MD!

We are excited to announce our recent addition to the Filutowski Eye Institute Team of Ophthalmologist– Siripong Rojanasthien MD.   Dr. Rojanasthien was born and

Read More »

Welcome Gustavo Munguba, MD!

We are pleased to announce the addition of ophthalmologist Gustavo Munguba, MD to the Filutowski Eye Institute. Dr. Munguba is a graduate of the University of Miami,

Read More »
For You

Recent Posts

Filutowski logo


This website uses cookies (and similar technologies such as tags) to recognize your repeat visits, measure the effectiveness of campaigns, and analyze traffic.

To learn more about how and why we use cookies please visit our cookie policy. By hitting “Got it” or “X”, on this banner, or using our site, you consent to our use of cookies.

If you do not wish to consent, you will need to disable your cookies. You can see how to do so here.