Why Does Your Eye Twitch?
Eye lid twitching, also known as blepharospasms, are abnormal contractions that can be caused by fatigue, stress, or an irritant, but largely the cause is unknown though neurological in origin. Some drugs have been known to cause eye twitches and it is a common side-effect of Parkinson's treatment; twitches can also be a sign of addiction withdrawal.
Characterized by excessive blinking, uncontrollable eyelid muscles (that can affect other muscles around the face), eye dryness, and sensitivity to light; eye twitching is sometimes misdiagnosed as allergies. Usually twitches are temporary, appearing for a brief period of time (maybe up to a few days), but largely disappearing without treatment. Chronic or lifelong eye twitches can be challenging, distracting, and dangerous as they can be severe enough to render you functionally blind. Drug treatment can be hard to manage, and botox treatments or surgery affecting or removing eyelid muscles are extreme solutions.
Home Remedies for Eye Twitches
On this page you can find natural solutions and cures to stop eye twitching. Our most popular remedy for eye lid twitching on Earth Clinic is tonic water, as the quinine helps relax the muscles. Other popular remedies are acupuncture, magnesium, bananas, and meditation. Have a remedy for fixing eye twitches? Feel free to share it here!
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[YEA] 12/30/2007: Karen from New York, USA: "I had a severe eye twitch for 10 months. It was driving me crazy. Homeopathy didn't work; rest and relaxation didn't work- and I was at my wits' end. Then I got smart- I went to an acupuncturist. After just TWO sessions the twitch was completely gone, and it has not returned! It has been about 5 months.
Also, though I haven't tried it on eye twitches (I've tried it successfully on lots of other things), you might want to explore the EFT method (easy to learn, and a free download on the EFT website: www.emofree.com It is so easy to learn, and you will be able to use it for a million other things. Be grateful for your twitch- because it will prove to have opened your mind to new things. Good luck, and be twitch free!"
[NAY] 07/08/2012: Ga_bass from Atlanta, Ga: "I started a diet and had been eating 2-3 bananas for the past week. My eye started jumping 3 days ago. Today looking for a remedy for eye twitching and came across the bananaa remedy. This is a fail. It does not work."
[YEA] 01/26/2008: Nick from Los Angeles, Ca: "Every time my eye starts twitching I eat a banana. It's a great source of potassium."
Eye Twitch Causes
12/04/2008: Gean from Salina, Kansas: "Eye twitch
Several years ago I developed an eye twitch after my grandfather died. I had been unable to attend the funeral as it was overseas, but I also refused to cry, or view photos or video of the funeral, so as to not have to deal with the grief. Then when I decided to look at the photos and video, and have a good cry, the twitching stopped immediately and for good. I realized the twitching was due to the stress of suppressed grief.
My sister also gets eye twitches after sleep deprivation."
Filtered End of a Cigarette
[YEA] 11/14/2009: Mq from Eagle River, Alaska, U.S.A.: "For what seemed like an incredibly LONG six months, I had an eye twitch that only became worse. In the begining it would only happen 3-4 times per week. At the end, 40-60 times PER DAY!!
Within the first week of starting a new job in a new town, in the NE New Mexico area, a co-worker noticed my twitch and shared this little trick. He said he would get them here and there as a kid and his Grandmother said it was caused by an air bubble in the tear duct. The bubble was trapped & as it would move it would then randomly touch, or cause pressure against, a nerve (maybe another reason why acupuncture is sometimes an effective cure.) there by cause a twitch if you will.
The secret cure?
A lit cigarette in the ear (the filter end, of course)!!!
*For those lacking in common sense: Please perform with EXTRA caution.
If your right eye twitches, then put it in the right ear. Remember that the eye, the ear, the nose & the mouth are all connected.
Why does this work?
If you truly have an air bubble, then the burning cigarette will cause a vaccum and draw out the air bubble! Pretty simple, huh?!?! ;-)
-Make darn sure to keep hair back.
-Do NOT perform this metheod with any type of hair care/styling product that is flammable. (duh)
-Use as long of a cigarette as possible for 2 reasons: less chance of burning yourself & greater vaccum.
-Try to make a better seal in your ear by wrapping paper towel or tissue around the filter, but not to cover the end of the filter.
This worked for me in just a matter of minutes. I only had to leave it in my ear for 3 or 4 minutes. Just be sure to keep the cherry (for non-smokers this is the burning/smolder, red hot end.) as hot as possible. For smokers, you'll know what I mean when I say "hot-box the heck out of it!". For non-smokers, that means suck on the filter long inhales and rapidly so that the paper burns away and the tobacco will have a very long smoldering area. 1/4" is a lot but again, it creates a stronger vaccum/suction. The goal here isn't to perform a stupid frat-party thing, but rather a 'medical procedure' (LOL ;-) of sorts!
Hope this helps and BE CAREFUL!!!"
Lash Growth Liquid
[YEA] 12/16/2011: Sara from Sacramento, Ca: "I had a persistent eye twitch that lasted over 2 years. I tried many possible remedies, but the one that unexpectedly worked was one of those lash growth liquids. I spent about $30 for a tube. The twitch was gone within a couple of days."
Liquid Calcium and Magnesium
[YEA] 03/29/2010: Jen from New Port Richey, Florida: "I occasionally get a twitch in one eye (either side). When I do, I also take calcium and magnesium, and the spasm goes away completely. This has also worked for me with leg muscle spasms."
[YEA] 12/02/2007: chd from pd, USA: "EYE TWITCHING REMEDY, Every now and then my eye will start twitching, so I take a good dose of liquid calcium and magnesiem, and it will go away."
[YEA] 03/09/2013: Earthfirst from Chicago, Il: "YES! Magnesium works for Eye Twitches! Magnesium citrate is the best magnesium, the stuff from the pharmacy does not work well."
[YEA] 12/03/2007: rhonda from seattle, wa: "I have had intense eye twitching in the last year. It went away but then inexplicably came back. It then went away again. Coincidentally, I have started taking magnesium I probably stopped taking it but then again started taking it. I had not been able to figure out what I was doiing that was making the eye twitch go away but now I know."
[YEA] 07/22/2012: Tim from Cincinnati, Oh: "When I get an eye twitch it is directly related to stress. First, I do what I can to reduce the external sources of stress and then, when I'm at home, I do some meditation to calm my mind. I would love to have a regular meditation practice but I am not dedicated enough. I find that after about 1-5 days of doing 15-20 minutes of meditation per day my eye twitch is gone.
Here are a couple of links on beginning meditation.
[YEA] 07/01/2013: Joseph from Oakland, Ca: "I've had a persistent eye twitch in my right eye for about 3 months now that's driving me crazy! Yesterday, I drank a glass of tonic water. I was going to have a gin and tonic, but I didn't want to be buzzed, so I just had a glass of tonic water and noticed that night (and this morning) the twitch had dramatically stopped by about 80%. I took a bottle of tonic water with me to work and have drank about about 16oz and the twitching has almost stopped completely. I have some of that powdered calcium/magnesium stuff at home. Might give that a try, but it seems like tonic water is the magic bullet."
[YEA] 03/13/2013: Red77 from Altanta, Ga: "I tried the tonic water after reading these posts and experiencing over two weeks of constant twitching in my right eye. My condition improved so much with just under a liter of tonic water in 24 hours that I almost forgot to write in to thank you for the suggestion. I am grateful for a simple and effective remedy, and for the generosity of the poster to share the info. (also glad to hear cigarettes have a potentially useful purpose, and that I didn't have to go that route)."
[YEA] 01/05/2013: Stacey from San Diego, Ca: "I had an eye twitch that would happen many times throughout the day for about a month. I went to the eye doctor and he also suggested tonic water with quinine. I went right to the store and bought a bottle. Had only a few sips that night, as the tonic water is very bitter. The next day the twitch was completely gone. It was amazing!"
[YEA] 08/07/2012: Josey from Las Vegas, Nv: "The tonic water works! I had an eye twitch for about 1 1 /2 weeks. I drank around 3 oz. of tonic water (nasty stuff! ) and about 1-2 hours later my eye started watering. It twitched just a few times more throughout the night and then felt dry and itchy. I put on a brewed tea bag for about 20 minutes and woke up good as new the next morning! It has not returned since (about 2 weeks age)."