Why is my eye twitching

Eye twitching: When the eyelid goes crazy

It comes suddenly and usually lasts a few minutes: the eyelid twitches. Even though it's only a tiny movement, it can be quite annoying. We provide an overview of the causes and symptoms - and explain how to avoid twitching eyes

We know that our eyes seem to close briefly and open again every few seconds, as if by themselves. The blink of an eye ensures a stable tear film and we are so used to it that we sometimes do not even notice it. However, if the eyelid flutters and twitches quickly and uncontrollably, this can lead to uncertainty.

Eye twitching: A warning signal from the body

First of all, some good news: Even if the search results on Google suggest otherwise - for most people there are no tumors or incurable nervous diseases behind twitching eyelids, but rather harmless causes.

Nevertheless, the annoying twitching of the eyes is a signal from our body that something is wrong. And listening to your body is always worthwhile.

There are many causes of a twitching eyelid

Usually the nervous twitching, which is triggered by nerve discharges in the facial nerve and the eye ring muscle, only occurs in one eye. Symptoms range from irregular eyelid twitching to constant tremors for hours or even days.

There are several reasons why the eyelid is twitching. The following causes are particularly common:

  • stress and nervousness
  • Mineral deficiency, in particular Magnesium deficiency
  • fatigue of the eye (e.g. through intensive work on the screen)
  • high blood pressure
  • lack of sleep

The most common reason: stress

The most common causes are stress and nervousness. The human body produces hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline during periods of great tension. These provide energy and put the muscles on the alert - including the eyelid muscles. Due to the nerve impulses reaching it, the muscle tenses and twitches. Because the eye area is very sensitive, we feel twitching here very clearly.

Also Mineral deficiency, especially a lack of magnesium, can make your eyes twitch. If the body lacks magnesium, this can restrict the processing of impulses in nerves and muscles. Nerve cells and synapses are then more easily excitable and uncontrolled twitching such as the fluttering of the eyelids can occur.

Also one overload of the eyes can trigger the twitching. If we look too long at the computer screen or at the smartphone, the eyelid muscles can cramp and begin to twitch.

Another cause may be high blood pressure Be: If the arteries in the body widen, the distance between pulsating veins and nerves becomes smaller, which means that they can come into contact with one another. The nerve then transmits absurd impulses to the muscles and twitches such as eye twitching occur.

Our body gets too less sleep, that also damages the nerves. The eyes and the eye ring muscle do not recover enough, which leads to undesirable twitching of the face.

Also foreign body in the eye or one Conjunctivitis can be causative. In rare cases, the eyelid twitching can be a sign serious illnesses like multiple sclerosis or brain tumors. If the twitching of the eyes occurs in combination with symptoms of paralysis or speech and vision disorders, a doctor should be consulted immediately, as these symptoms can also be harbingers of a heart attack or stroke.

Preventing eye twitching: How to calm your eyes

If you have twitching eyelids only occasionally and for a short time, you need not worry too much. However, take the body signal seriously and consider in which situations the uncontrolled muscle twitching occurs.

Does the eye twitch when you are under tension? Against stress It is well known that relaxation helps best: There are even special yoga exercises for irritated eyes. How you can react in moments of stress, explains psychologist Prof. Dr. Gert Kaluza in this interview.

A nutrient or Magnesium deficiency can result from an overly one-sided diet. Prevent a deficiency by consuming more whole grains, nuts and seeds. Diarrhea or medication such as birth control pills can also cause a magnesium deficiency.

At a overload A long look into the distance or out of the window can help. A light massage with your fingers can also have a relaxing effect.

Who under high blood pressure can lower their blood pressure through regular exercise - experts recommend 30 minutes three days a week. A balanced diet with lots of fruit and vegetables and low alcohol consumption are also beneficial.