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
  • Squinting
  • 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)
  • Restlessness
  • 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
INTRODUCTION

What is eye twitching?

Eye twitching is a series of rapid, uncontrolled contractions or spasms of one or all four eyelids. The twitches often occur in irregular rhythms. The medical term for this symptom is myokymia. 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 th... Read more about eye twitchingintroduction

CAUSES

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 su... Read more about eye twitchingcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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