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Why Does My Eye Twitch?


Eye twitching can be a very irritating sensation. Eye twitching, also known as myokymia, is involuntary contractions of the orbicularis oculi muscle around the eye. Myokymia is usually unilateral, and comes and goes on its own. Stress is probably the leading causes of the twitching, along with lack of sleep, too much caffeine, and too much time on the computer.

Myokymia is usually benign and temporary, and intervention is not necessary. Although, if the twitch extends along your forehead and/or cheek, you may be experiencing a hemifacial spasm or blepharospasm,in which case you should see a doctor. Rarely can persistent eye twitching be a sign of a genetic disorder.

Dr. Suchi Matalia