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If you've ever found yourself wondering, "Why does my eye twitch?" then you've come to the right place. We know it's easier to write that sort of thing off as just a weird bodily response, but in actuality, your eye (or eyes) twitching regularly can be a sign for something much greater. Can the human body go haywire for no reason? Sure, but that doesn't mean every twitch, glitch, and itch is a fluke. Your body is just as smart as it is spontaneous. It's important that you remember that, otherwise you may be putting yourself at risk.
Sources do suggest that almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem. Additionally, most eye twitching comes and goes in a matter of seconds. That said, sometimes a twitching eye can last for weeks or even months.
Should you experience eye twitching to that extent, you're going to have to take a look at your lifestyle and ask yourself a few honest questions. Remember, lying to yourself or a medical professional is never going to help the situation. The following are a list of triggers than can cause your eye(s) to twitch:
- Eye strain (see a doctor)
- Dry eyes (see a doctor)
- Nutritional imbalances (see a doctor)
- Allergies (see a doctor)
Many of those triggers are self-explanatory. For example, if you're beyond stressed at work and you have a sudden eye twitch, it's not difficult to put two and two together, right? Or if you didn't get a great night's sleep and you wake up with twitchy eyes, it's safe to say that's why. However, certain explanations are bit more difficult to pinpoint. So, we'll explain them!
Some reports have suggested that a lack of magnesium in your diet can trigger eyelid spasms. While nothing conclusive has been determined, it doesn't mean you should rule it out. If you're looking to test out the theory, you can supplement magnesium in your diet with beans and nuts, whole grains such as brown rice and whole wheat bread and green leafy vegetables.
Even if you've never had a problem with your eyesight, there's a first time for everything, guys — especially as you age/work in an industry focused predominantly on reading off a digital device. Determining eye strain can be as simple as scheduling an eye doctor appointment. This is true of people with glasses as well. It's possible your prescription needs to be strengthened.
As a rule, when using your computer, tablet or smartphone you should make sure to look away from the screen (every 20 minutes) and allow your eyes to focus on a distant object (20 feet or more away) for 20 seconds (or longer). This is commonly called the, "20-20-20 rule".
We clearly labeled above which issues warrant seeking medical attention. Don't sleep on it, guys, your eyes are important and even subtle damages/disturbances can alter the quality of your life.
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