Eyelid twitch

  • Alternative Names

    Eyelid spasm; Eye twitch; Twitch - eyelid; Blepharospasm


    Treatment

    Eyelid twitching usually disappears without treatment. In the meantime, the following steps may help:

    • Get more sleep.
    • Drink less caffeine.
    • Lubricate your eyes with eye drops.

    If twitching is severe, small injections of botulinum toxin can temporarily cure the spasms.


    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outlook depends on the specific type or cause of eyelid twitch. In some cases, the twitches usually stop within a week.


    Complications

    Permanent eye injury from unrecognized cornea injury is possible, but rare.


    Calling your health care provider

    Call your primary care doctor or eye doctor (ophthalmologist, optometrist) if:

    • Eyelid twitching does not go away within 1 week
    • Twitching completely closes your eyelid
    • Twitching involves other parts of your face
    • You have redness, swelling, or a discharge from your eye
    • Your upper eyelid is drooping