Ever experience that pesky, annoying eye twitch? I’m sure you have at one point or another. Maybe it came and went or maybe it lingered for what seemed like an eternity. If you are in the latter, then this article is for you. When your eyelid involuntarily twitches, or you experience eyelid myokymia, it can be very bothersome and distracting. While you shouldn’t be concerned about this issue because it usually isn’t dangerous or a cause to worry about, you still want to get it to stop. So here are some things to consider if you experience eyelid twitching frequently.

How often are you sitting and staring at a computer screen, tablet, or device? We live in a digital age and while this is a wonderful thing it also has its drawbacks. Sitting and staring at a computer screen can wreak havoc on your eyes. Whether you know it or not, you are causing your eyes to strain and you are doing this for very long, extended periods of time every day. If you are guilty of this, which I am sure you are, here is the best advice to follow. Take regular screen breaks. You should take a 10-minute reprieve for every hour that you are glaring at the screen. During this 10-minute break, you should look at and focus on something off into the distance. This will target different muscles in the eye and help with the strain. This simple exercise might just be exactly the cure to your eyelid twitch. Make sure you incorporate this exercise into your daily routine so that annoying twitch doesn’t come back.

Another possible cause to consider is how much sleep you are getting. Sleep is so vital to the human body. That is when our cells are repaired and restored. If you are not getting a good night’s sleep, it is no wonder why your eyelids are bugging out. They need some rest too! Try to get to bed earlier so you can get a full night’s sleep and definitely reduce and/or eliminate your screen time before bed. This should aid your eyes in getting the rest they need to stop twitching.

Are you a major caffeine drinker? Caffeine is a stimulant and can absolutely cause an eyelid twitch especially if consumed in excess. So, what is excess? Well, that depends on the person and how much you consume and how often. We all know that some days you need a little extra boost to make it through. However, if you are drinking some type of caffeine whether it be coffee, or tea throughout the entire day this is never a terrific thing. Your body needs proper hydration to function at its best. So, make sure you are also drinking plenty of water to flush out toxins and to keep the body running efficiently. If you think caffeine could be the culprit for you, try reducing the amount you drink and keeping your consumption to just the morning hours. Hopefully, this is will halt your eyelid twitch right in its tracks for once and for all!

If after evaluating these tips, you haven’t experienced relief, it might be time to call your doctor and get an eye exam. While you shouldn’t be overly concerned, it just might be mother nature’s way of telling you that it is time for glasses.