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Why does the eyelid of the eye tremble and what diseases could you suffer from

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We have all asked ourselves this question when a tic appears in our eye, so pay close attention because it can mean bigger problems.

To know what to do when the eyelid of your eye suddenly trembles, you must first understand why it is trembling, as it can mean bigger problems.

Sometimes we feel that the contour of the eye moves quickly and uncontrollably, but many do not take it into account because the discomfort disappears as quickly as it started.

This is called  palpebral myokymias and, according to the Catalan Neurology Society, these are involuntary contractions of the orbital muscles of the eye and the eyelid that disappear in hours or days.

Why does the eyelid tremble?

These annoying tics are due to slight irritation to the nerves that move the eyelid muscles. Such irritation can be caused by:

  • Stress . When you don’t have a minute to relax, your whole body feels it. Anxiety or accumulated stress are the most common cause of why the eyelid of the eye twitches.
  • Dry eye . One of the functions of blinking is to clean and moisten the cornea. Having dry eye can cause this constant blinking which, if left untreated, can lead to tics.
  • Irritants . Smoking or consuming alcohol and / or caffeine in excess can cause alterations in nerve endings and cause tremors and spasms.
  • Tiredness . Not sleeping well or spending many hours in front of a screen can have a similar effect to stress and is also one of the most common causes of why the eyelid of the eye twitches.

Trembling in the eyelids, from illness?

Although in most cases it is just a discomfort, the Journal of Neurology explains that if the tremor in the eyelid of the eye lasts longer or increases in intensity, it could be blepharospasm.

This condition requires medical treatment, as it can make it difficult to open the eyelids and can be a symptom of medical conditions such as:

  • Parkinson’s disease.
  • Multiple sclerosis.
  • Tourette syndrome.

Now that you know why the eyelid of the eye is shaking, listen to this annoyance! Cut down on stress and irritants or see your doctor if the discomfort persists.

Written by Giorgia Stromeo

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