People are just now realizing what’s causing those eye twitches — it could be a chronic condition, and coffee could make it worse

Doctors have warned that even an occasional eye twitch could be a sign of a larger problem, made worse by caffeine and lack of sleep.

Most people have struggled with an itchy, twitching eye at some point or maybe even two twitching eyes at the same time.

Eye spasms or twitching can be a daily nuisance for many, but could be a sign of a larger underlying problem


Eye spasms or twitching can be a daily nuisance for many, but could be a sign of a larger underlying problemPhoto credit: Getty
Medical experts say too much caffeine could make eye twitching worse


Medical experts say too much caffeine could make eye twitching worsePhoto credit: Getty

By definition, twitching is an abnormal spasm of the eye muscles that can occur several times a day.

Eye twitching can negatively affect your vision and increase eye fatigue, but rarely causes serious health problems.

Although doctors don’t know exactly what causes these muscle spasms to develop, they do know which diseases and disorders are most commonly associated with the symptom Experts | at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Health.

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Serious medical conditions that can be indicated by an eye twitch include:

  • Bell’s palsy
  • Brain damage from inflammation or a stroke
  • semi-facial spasm
  • Meige syndrome
  • multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Response to certain mental health medications

When a doctor suspects one of these more serious health conditions, other symptoms are often present as well.

Eye spasms are often accompanied by these other eye symptoms:

  • dryness
  • facial spasms
  • Increased blinking
  • irritation
  • sensitivity to light
  • vision problems

Doctors believe that twitches could be related to problems with the basal ganglia in the brain or to a person’s individual gene expression.

Many patients report eye twitching due to fatigue, stress, or other eye irritation, sometimes due to driving, bright lights, and caffeine consumption.

To diagnose the cause of eye twitching, a healthcare provider specializing in eye disorders should be consulted usually an ophthalmologist performs a physical exam and asks about your medical history.

If the doctor thinks it’s something other than benign blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm, they may order a CT or MRI scan to further investigate other possible causes.

Eye twitching can affect anyone, but it most commonly affects older and middle-aged women.

People who suffer from eye twitching have reported that certain behaviors, such as getting some sleep or focusing on another task, can help relieve their spasms.

It is recommended that anyone experiencing eye spasms see their doctor for diagnosis and possible treatment.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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