What other symptoms might occur with eye twitching?
Eye twitching may accompany other symptoms, which will vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the eye may also involve other body systems.
Ophthalmologic symptoms that may occur along with eye twitching
Eye twitching may accompany other symptoms affecting the eye including:
- Blurred or double vision
- Discharge from the eye
- Drooping eyelid (ptosis)
- Dry eyes
- Eye pain
- Foreign body in the eye
- Increased sensitivity to light
- Itchy eyes
- Red, sore eyes (bloodshot eyes)
- Watery eyes
Neurologic symptoms that may occur along with eye twitching
Eye twitching may accompany symptoms related to other body systems. Such symptoms include:
- Disruptive outbursts of speech or gesture
- Facial tics (grimacing, mouth and nose twitching)
- Seizures and tremors
- Slurred speech
Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition
In some cases, eye twitching may be a symptom of a life-threatening condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these life-threatening symptoms:
- Change in level of consciousness or alertness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
- Eye pain
- Facial paralysis
- Facial weakness
- Sudden change in vision, loss of vision, or eye pain
- Sudden loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe, unexplained headache
What is eye twitching?
Eye twitching is a series of rapid, uncontrolled contractions or spasms of one or both eyelids. The twitches often occur in irregular rhythms. Sometimes the term eye twitching is used to describe blepharospasm, a condition characterized by increased involuntary eye blinking. Blepharospasm is classified as a dystopia, a disorder in which the nervous system signals muscles to contract inappr... Read more about eye twitchingintroduction
What causes eye twitching?
The most common causes of eye twitching are caffeine, fatigue, anxiety and stress. Eye twitching may appear in response to irritation caused by smoke, dust, or a foreign body in the eye. Allergies and infections may also cause irritation that leads to twitching. Eyelid twitching may be a symptom of neurologic disorders such as facial tics, chronic or transient motor tic disorders, attention-deficit disorder, or more serious conditions such as stroke, dystonia, tardive (slow or belated onset) dyskinesia, Tourette’s syndrome, or Aicardi syndrome (rare organic brain disorder acquired in early childhood).... Read more about eye twitchingcauses