My eyelid twitches uncontrollably. Do you know what causes this? I have heard that it is caused by stress.
Yes, eyelid twitching can be caused by stress and also by such things as fatigue, consuming too much caffeine and smoking. Twitching eyelids also are called eyelid fasciculations. They can occur anywhere on the eyelids, but a typical pattern is twitching in one eyelid, often the lower one.
Most of the time, twitchy eyelids are harmless and do not affect vision. But they are irritating and a big distraction. The best way to eliminate the problem is to address the cause, although with stress and fatigue, that is often easier said than done.
If you are drinking too much coffee, cut down to no more than two cups a day and see if that helps. Smoking — well, there are plenty more reasons to quit than just twitchy eyelids.
To cope with stress, try a relaxation technique. Stress reduction can be very beneficial for your overall health and well-being as well as your fasciculations.
After a few weeks, if the twitching has not stopped call your doctor or eye doctor. Call right away if you have symptoms in addition to the twitching, such as redness, swelling discharge or fever.