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Eye and Vision Care

Eye Twitching

11/23/2009

Question:

Can you explain why every time I sneeze my left top eye lid twitches?

Answer:

Eye twitching, also called myokymia, is usually a condition that is not serious and can be caused by a number of triggers, especially stress, lack of sleep, and increased caffeine intake.

However, some neurological conditions may also lead to eyelid twitching. If the eyelid twitching persists or affects the entire side of your face, I recommend seeing an eye care physician to properly examine your eyes and diagnose the source of the twitching.

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Response by:

Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS Julia Rae Geldis, OD, MS
Clinical Associate Professor of Optometry
College of Optometry
The Ohio State University