5. Medication Side Effects

Allergy Medications

The side effects of some medications may cause your eye muscles to twitch. Some medications cause this by drying out your eyes. Such medications include antihistamines, some blood pressure medications, and antidepressants. Additionally, Parkinson’s medications may also cause twitching. Anticholinergic drugs are agents that block the action of acetylcholine in the brain. This helps to decrease the involuntary movements associated with Parkinson’s disease. However, it also causes drying side effects of blurry vision, a parched mouth, and difficulty urinating.

4. Smoke

Don't Smoke

Smoke from wood-burning stoves or campfires can dry out and irritate your eyes. So can secondhand smoke if you are often in the company of smokers. Smoking tobacco yourself adds the negative effects of smoke and nicotine on your organs. Smoking not only affects your lungs and blood vessels but also affects the muscles and tissues of your eyes. If you are plagued by dry eyes and eye twitching, avoid situations in which you are exposed to smoke. If you are a smoker, employ techniques to break the smoking habit and improve your health.

3. Something You Drank

Drinking Alcohol

Consuming too much caffeine or alcohol may cause irritating eye twitches. If you enjoy several cups of coffee or servings of caffeinated sodas each day, try cutting back or switching to decaf to see if this helps. Decaffeinated herbal teas are other good choices when you are accustomed to sipping a steamy beverage throughout the day. If you suspect alcohol use is contributing to twitching, give abstinence from alcoholic beverages a trial run. Keep your body well hydrated with plain or fruit-infused water to decrease the effects of dehydrated body tissues and muscles.

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2. Vitamin or Mineral Deficiencies

B12 Deficiency

Some blame muscle spasms on nutritional deficiencies, such as a lack of vitamin D or vitamin B12. A deficiency of minerals or electrolytes such as magnesium or potassium is sometimes associated with twitches, cramping, and spasms. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet to prevent deficiencies that will set your eye muscles twinging and twanging.

1. Benign Essential Blepharospasm

Blepharospasm

Benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) refers to a neurological condition in which the muscles of the eye undergo chronic spasms and contractions. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, this rare disease can progressively worsen until the patient suffers from an inability to open his or her eyes for extended periods of time. Treatment for this condition may include Botox injections to prevent the muscle contractions that interfere with a patient’s vision.

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