No one knows what causes this, which your doctor might call. When it happens, your eyelid, usually the upper one, blinks and you canвt make it stop. Sometimes it affects both. The lid moves every few seconds for a minute or two. are painless, harmless, and usually go away on their own. But if the spasms are strong enough they can cause your eyelids to completely shut and then reopen. What if It Doesnвt Stop? Some people have spasms all day long. They might go on for days, weeks, or even months. That can upset you and affect your quality of life. Itвs rare, but if your twitch doesnвt go away, it might make you wink or squint all the time. If you canвt keep your
open, itвs going to be hard for you to see. Sometimes, the twitch can be a sign of a more serious conditions, like: Very rarely, itвs a sign of a or nerve disorder, such as: It can also be a side effect of certain.
The most common include drugs that treat and. What Are the Types of Twitches? There are three common ones. A minor eyelidВ twitch is often associated with lifestyle factors, like: Lack of Use of, or It can also result from irritation of the surface of your (cornea) or the membranes that line your eyelids (conjunctiva). Benign essential usually shows up in mid- to late-adulthood and gradually gets worse. Only about 2,000 people are year are diagnosed with it in the United States. Women are twice as likely to get it as men. It isnвt a serious condition, but more severe cases can interfere with your daily life. Bright light, wind, or air pollution It starts with nonstop blinking or eye irritation. As it gets worse, you may be more sensitive to light, get blurry, and have facial spasms.
In serious cases, the spasms can become so intense that your eyelids stay shut for up to several hours. Researchers believe it results from a mix of environmental and genetic factors. Although the condition is usually random, it sometimes runs in families. A hemifacial spasm is rare. It involves both the muscles around your and your eyelid. Unlike the other two types, it usually affects only one side of the face. Most often, the cause is an pressing on a facial nerve. BellБs palsy is a condition in which the muscles on one side of your face become weak or paralyzed. It affects only one side of the face at a time, causing it to droop or become stiff on that side. ItБs caused by some kind of trauma to the seventh cranial nerve. This is also called the Бfacial nerve. Б BellБs palsy can happen to anyone.
But it seems to occur more often in people who have or are recovering from. Most of the time, symptoms are only temporary. If it happens to you, you may fear youБre having a. YouБre probably not. A that affects your facial muscles would cause muscle weakness in other parts of your body, too. What Causes It? Most doctors believe that itБs due to damage to the facial nerve, which causes swelling. This nerve passes through a narrow, bony area within the skull. When the nerve swells — even a little bit — it pushes against the skull\’s hard surface. This affects how well the nerve works. Researchers have long believed that may also play a role in the development of. TheyБve found evidence that suggests the 1 virus (a common sores) may be responsible for a large number of cases. б 2016 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.