Eyelid Twitching, Causes, Treatment

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Eyelid Twitching | Causes | Treatment

Eyelid Twitching | Causes | Treatment

Eyelid Twitching Causes and Treatments

DEFINITION of Myokymia

Myokymia is the medical name for eyelid twitching. Myokymia is spontaneous contracture of the eyelid muscles, usually the orbicularis oculi muscle. Myokymia is usually unilateral (one eye only) and more often involves the lower eyelid instead of the upper. The condition is not serious and is usually self limiting.

Myokymia is not the same as blepharospasm although some choose to call myokymia a mild form of blepharospasm. Blepharospasm is a more forceful closure of the eyelid that can become uncontrollable.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS of Myokymia (Eyelid Twitch)

Rapid twitching/flutter movement of the eyelid (either upper or lower lid) is the sign and the symptom of myokymia. The eyelid twitch may last a day or a month or longer.

Although the patient believes it is very noticeable to others, it is usually so subtle that others are not aware of the condition.

CAUSES of Eyelid Twitch (Myokymia)

Although the exact cause of myokymia is usually not known there are certain things that can trigger eyelid twitching. Common causes are:

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