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Eye twitching

Edited by Dr Claudia Pastides, 29th March 2019

Eye twitching is incredibly common and will likely have been experienced by all of us at some time in our lives. It is most common when you are tired, stressed or the eye is irritated.


  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Irritation of the eye (wind or air pollution)
  • Bright light
  • Alcohol

Risk factors

Some eye conditions can increase your risk of eye twitching. These include:

  • Dry eyes
  • Eyes sensitive to light
  • Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid edges)
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the middle layer of the eyeball)
  • Corneal abrasion (scratch on the eyeball)

Common Treatment

  • Rest and self care
  • Lubricating dry eyes
  • Wearing sunglasses when outdoors in bright light or keeping lights dimmed

When to speak to a doctor

If you’re worried about eye twitching, you can speak to an optician, pharmacist or your GP for advice.

It is important to speak urgently to a doctor if you are:

  • Having weakness or spasms of other muscles in your face or body
  • Having changes to your vision
  • Suffering with a painful eye

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The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Seek the advice of a doctor with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never delay seeking or disregard professional medical advice because of something you have read here.