Eye twitching, also known as Blepharospasm, is an automatic, repetitive movement of the eyelids (usually the upper lid) that recurs every second or a few seconds. Eye twitching is generally for some time, but can be prolonged in some cases. It is not painful, but can turn out to be irritating, embarrassing and annoying because it disrupts the work you’re doing. Twitching may occur due to strain and fatigue in the eye, dry eyes, excessive coffee, medications and too much consumption of alcohol (1). Several conditions are linked with eye twitching such as entropion, light sensitivity, pink eye (conjunctivitis), trichiasis, uveris, and nervous system disorders. Here are some easy home remedies to get rid of eye twitching.
Home Remedies to Get Rid of Eye Twitching
1. Warm Compress
A warm compress makes the eye muscle function well and eventually, the involuntary movements of the eyelids stop. Take a towel or handkerchief and dip it in the warm water. After squeezing it, put it on the eye until the warmness is gone. Repeat the process 5-6 times a day.
3. Hydrotherapy Technique
Alternate splashes warm water can help solve the issue of eye twitching. Wipe your eyelashes with warm water to get relief (3).
Magnesium assist to maintain normal nerve and muscle function therefore an effective remedy to treat eye twitching is consumption of magnesium-rich food like avocados, seeds, beans, nuts, leafy greens, etc (6, 7).
6. Rose Water
Rose water is an eye lotion. It is a harmless cleanser. As one of the main reasons of twitching is dirt, use rose water as eye drops to cleanse, nourish, and relax the eye muscles (8).
- Alternatively, you can use rose water compress. Just dip a cotton pad in rose water and cover your eyes with it.
Steam is another good way of treating eye twitching. It eases the nerve movement and removes all the dirt from the skin pores. All you have to do is add a few drops of eucalyptus in boiling water and take the steam for 10 minutes regularly.
Note: Cover your head with a towel while taking the steam.
One of the best remedies to soothe the eye muscle and ease the nerve movement is the cucumber. It has anti inflammatory properties which naturally relaxes eye muscles (9). Keep a slice of chilled cucumber on the affected eye. Keep it until it comes to the room temperature.
The cooling effect of potatoes relaxes the muscles of the eyes, thus giving relief. All you have to do is cut a small potato into thin slices, and put these slices on your eyes (10).
10. Eye Massage
Massage the area around (below and above) the eyes with the help of the index finger. Massaging will eventually increase the blood circulation and strengthen the eye muscle. Repeat the process 5-6 times a day for at least 30 seconds (11).
Exercises for Eyes
11. Hard Blinking
Hard blinking is a great way of treating eye twitching. Close your eyes very tightly and then open them wider than usual. This technique will moisturise the eyes. Keep repeating the process until the eyes produce tears. This remedy will provide rest to your eyelids (12).
12. Fast Blinking
Fast blinking not only helps remove any dirt from the eye, but also lubricates and relaxes the eye muscles. Blink fast and swiftly for about 20 seconds. Then take a little gap and repeat the process .
Note: Do not continue the process if it causes pain or irritation in the eyes.
13. Closing the Eyelids Halfway Down
Closing the eyelids halfway down can provide instant relief. Try doing it for at least thirty seconds. This remedy keeps the muscles strong and hydrated so that the problem of eye twitching doesn’t persist.
14. Breathing Exercises
Practising the breathing exercises for ten minutes daily (before going to sleep and after waking up) can help reduce the stress level which, eventually, will stop the twitching problem (13).
- Take proper sleep of 8 hours a day (14).
- Drink more than 8-10 glasses of water.
- Use computer glasses if you spend much time in front of the computer, to lessen the strain.
- While working on the computer, take short breaks in between and shut your eyes (15) (16).
- Rinse your eyes at regular intervals.
- Lubricate your eyes using eye drops (17).
- Do not drink excess coffee or tea as it may enhance the problem of twitching (18).
- Don’t consume alcohol in excess (19).
- Do not spend much time in front of electronic devices like computer, laptop, and phones.
- Don’t rub your eyes robustly.