BY JAY FERRARI,
A persistent eye twitch can be alarming, but here’s why getting stressed about it could only be making it worse
Doctors call it benign fasciculation, that annoying, rippling feeling in your eyes that… what, signals a heart attack? Tells you a storm’s a-coming’? That you should bet that eight or put it all on Paint the Town Red in the fourth? Unfortunately, none of the above.
According to Dr. Wayne T. Cornblath, MD, a professor of ophthalmology, visual science and neurology at the University of Michigan, benign fasciculation is typically a sign that you’re stressed, over-caffeinated, under-nourished, or just plain tired. It’s no surprise you’re more susceptible while you’re sitting in traffic, in the midst of knocking back another Venti boilermaker, en route to that presentation that will make or break your career.
“Benign fasciculation is brought on by all the stuff of modern life,” Dr. Cornblath explains. As to severity, he’s quick to add that even if lingers, there’s no cause for immediate alarm. “Sometimes it persists, perhaps for a few days or even longer,” he says. “If goes more than a month, get it evaluated.”
Dealing with benign fasciculation yourself is pretty straightforward. Get more rest, dial back the stimulants, and do your best to de-stress. Spot the circumstances in which it occurs consistently, and see how your behavior is creating those conditions.
“To be honest, sometimes these things are related,” says Rebecca Taylor, M.D., a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “You’re stressed, so you can’t sleep, and then you drink a lot of coffee or soda to stay awake. Then you get an eye twitch. Not uncommon.”
Sometimes benign fasciculation can progress to mimic a more serious condition called hemifacial spasm, where your cheek and lower face get into the act, along with your eyelid. You walk around feeling like the Batman super-villain Harvey “Two Face” Dent, and probably the more over-the-top Tommy Lee Jones version as opposed to the slightly more reserved portrayal by Aaron Eckhart……….
Read more: http://www.menshealth.com/health/real-reason-your-eye-goes-twitchy
Source: Mens Health
BY JAY FERRARI,