• What Is an Eyelid Spasm or Twitching Eyelid?

    Jul. 03, 2012

    Eyelid spasm, or twitching (which is also called blepharospasm), is an abnormal, involuntary blinking or movement of the eyelids. The blinking can happen every few seconds and may even be strong enough to make your eyelid shut entirely before reopening.

    The spasms can last for irregular periods of time, from days to months, and may come and go at random. While the twitching is not painful, it can be annoying. For most people, the twitching eventually goes away on its own, although it may sometimes return.

    You should see your ophthalmologist if any of the follow occur:

    • The twitching lasts longer than a week;
    • Your eyelid involuntarily closes after each twitch;
    • Your eye is red, swollen or has discharge, or your eyelids are drooping.

    In a very few cases, eye twitching may be an early symptom of a chronic movement disorder, especially if other facial spasms develop in addition to the eye twitching. If you develop twitching or spasms elsewhere on your face, you should seek immediate medical attention.