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How To Stop Eye Twitching

If you have ever had an eyelid twitch for an extended period of time, you know how annoying it is. An eyelid twitch (or tic) is when you have a spasm or slight movement of your upper or lower eyelid. It comes on suddenly, and can last for a minute, hours, days or even longer. While it may feel as if everyone can see the twitch, most twitches are slight enough that they can’t be seen by someone simply looking at your face.

Most common eyelid twitches are harmless, and do not affect your vision. However, there are some neurological problems that can make eyelid muscles contract, such as blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm. These less common conditions generally tend to cause the eyelids to close more fully and for longer periods of time, limiting or completely blocking vision. Other muscles in the face may be affected as well.

For the majority of us, the common eyelid twitch is a brief and minor annoyance. But when it lasts longer or occurs more frequently than usual, there are some steps you can take to make it go away:


Settle in for a snooze

Eyelid twitches often happen to people when they are overly tired. Get some restorative sleep.

Step back from stress

Being under stress can lead to a twitch. If you can’t eliminate something causing you stress, find stress-reducing activities to help get rid of the twitch.

Cut back on caffeine

As a stimulant, caffeine can cause eyelid spasms. Limiting your coffee, tea or soda intake may help to reduce eyelid twitching.

“Moisturize” the eyes

In some cases, having irritated or dry eyes can lead to eyelid spasms. Talk with your ophthalmologist if you have ongoing eyelid twitching and gritty, uncomfortable eyes.


August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month


Did you know that it is estimated that 80% of classroom education is taught visually?

Since August has arrived and a new school year is about to begin, Friends for Sight wants you to make sure to include an eye examination as part of your back to school check list. As part of Child Eye Health and Safety Month, in addition to immunizations and school orientations, it is highly recommended your child receive an eye examination before going back to school.  The inability to see clearly affects not only academic performance but also althletics and self-esteem.  Start the new school year out right by making sure that your student is seeing clearly!

Common signs of vision troubles in children include: frequently rubbing eyes, squinting, tilting or turning head to look at objects, wandering eyes, or squeezing eyes. If you’re child displays any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment to have their eyes checked. Amblyopia (lazy eye), Strabismus (crossed eyes), color deficiency (color blindness), and refractive errors (nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism) are the most common conditions that can affect a child’s vision. Many of these conditions, if diagnosed early, can be treated and vision can be restored. If the condition is not diagnosed until later in life, treatment will not be as effective.

Eye safety is just as important as eye health. Every year thousands of children sustain an eye injury – 90 percent of which can be prevented if suitable protective eyewear is used. From sports and recreation, to toys and fireworks, an eye injury can happen at any time. By taking proper precautions (providing age-appropriate toys or proper protective eyewear), you can protect your child from injury. Always purchase toys that meet the safety standards of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and provide protective eyewear, as corrective lenses do not protect the eye; most protective eyewear is made from a lightweight polycarbonate and is activity-specific. If your child should experience an eye injury, DO NOT allow child to rub or touch the eye, DO NOT apply medication to the eye, and DO NOT attempt to remove any debris from the eye. If the eye injury is caused by a chemical in the eye, flush the eye with water. For all eye injuries seek medical attention immediately.

We all want our children to be happy and healthy, and we want to protect them from harm. We can best achieve this goal by getting our children yearly wellness check-ups and eye examinations before school, as well as by providing safe toys, environments, and always have adult supervision.


Meet Buddy!


We know the importance of caring for our vision. That also stands true for those we love including our pets.


Meet Buddy. Our Director of Clinical Research Lesley Holot’s 16 years old cat who has been diagnosed with uveitis and secondary glaucoma. Leslie and Buddy are committed to his eye care and see Dr. Gornik at PVSEC every couple months for eye pressure check ups.

Patient Testimonial


“Dr. Cibik,

I can not thank you enough, nor really express how much it means to me. How much you have helped me. All I can say is it MEANS SO MUCH. When my vision was getting bad, it was scary. I don’t know what I would have done without your help. Thank you a million times!

– Karlie”