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An eyelid twitch is a muscle spasm in your eyelid that you cannot control. Sometimes the eyelid closes or nearly closes and then opens again. You may have problems with one or both eyes. You may also be sensitive to bright light.
Your eyelid muscles may twitch because you are tired or stressed. Drinking beverages with caffeine can also cause eyelid twitches. These twitches may bother you off and on for several days. This type of eyelid twitch is common and can be very annoying. Often, the eyelid twitch goes away while you sleep and starts again when you are awake. Most people do not even notice when the twitch stops.
Your doctor may not be able to find a cause for your eyelid twitching. If your eyelid twitching is severe, you may consider getting botulinum toxin (Botox) injections.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: October 12, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
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