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What Does Eye Twitching Mean?

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Hey there, everyone! Today we’re going to chat about something we’ve all experienced at some point: eye twitching. Don’t worry—it’s super common, and Perception Eyecare is here to help you understand what causes it and how you can treat it.

Why Is My Eye Twitching?

So, picture this: your eye starts doing a little dance, a quick twitch that feels like a tiny party is happening in your eyelid. It’s not because your eye wants to show off some dance moves, though. Usually, it’s just a sign that your eye is a bit tired or stressed out.

The Common Culprits

Lack of Sleep: Are you burning the midnight oil, trying to finish that awesome book or watching your favourite show? Your eyes might be saying, “Hey, we need some rest, please!”

Too Much Screen Time: Those computers and tablets are cool, but staring at them for too long can make your eyes tired, leading to digital eye strain. Your eyes need breaks too!

Stress & Nerves: School and/or work can be tough sometimes, right? If you’re feeling a bit stressed, your eyes might be trying to tell you to take it easy.

Taming the Twitch

Now, on to the fun part—how to make that eye twitch chill out!

Get Some Zzz’s: Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Aim for around 9–11 hours, depending on your age. It may sound like a lot, but it’s like giving your eyes a cozy nap.

Take Breaks from Screens: Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break. Look at something 20 feet away—it’s the 20-20-20 rule! Your eyes will love you for it.

Relaxation Techniques: If you’re feeling stressed, try some deep breaths or simple exercises to calm your mind. Your eyes are team players; when you relax, they do too!

When to See an Optometrist in Stoney Creek

Most eye twitches are harmless and go away on their own, but if your eyelid is throwing a never-ending dance party, it’s time to visit your eye doctor. We can check in to see if everything is A-OK. 

Call or text us at 289-309-1090 or book an appointment online to schedule an eye exam today.

Written by Dr. Jasjeet Shinger

Dr. Jasjeet Shinger has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and completed her Doctorate of Optometry with honours at the University of Waterloo. While attaining her Doctorate in Optometry, Dr. Shinger worked with a binocular vision and pediatric specialist during her clinical externship, which helped her gain a keen interest in helping patients manage binocular vision deficiencies that can affect learning.
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