• Is bilateral eye twitching/spasms common in newborns?


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    Is bilateral eye twitching/spasms common in newborns?


    Answer:

    Eyelid twitching/spasms in newborns is uncommon. The presence of these signs should prompt an evaluation by a pediatric ophthalmologist and possibly a pediatric neurologist to evaluate the child for a variety of neurologic conditions including seizures, Aicardi Syndrome, Tourette's disease, etc. Interestingly there is a syndrome called Jaw Winking Syndrome. In this condition, an infant's eyelids twitch with feedings. In this situation the child may have a misdirected third nerve. Eyelid opening is stimulated by sucking. This condition may be associated with one or two droopy eyelids. Eyelid surgery may help improve this condition.


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