What Causes Twitching Below the Eyes?

Have you ever experienced the area under your eyes twitching unconsciously? Is there anyone who constantly experiences ‘twitching under the eyes’? Usually, the symptom of eyelids twitching is called “blepharospasm”, and in most cases, it occurs regardless of one’s will. You may have heard that the area under the eyes twitches due to a lack of magnesium in the body. Today, we will look into the causes of twitching under the eyes.

Excessive stress and chronic fatigue can cause twitching under the eyes. Stress and fatigue cause ‘lactic acid’, a fatigue substance, to accumulate in the muscles. When lactic acid increases in the body, muscles cramp and the area around the eyes shakes. If you experience twitching under your eyes, this symptom can be alleviated by getting enough rest and building physical strength through regular workouts.

Excessive intake of caffeine

Coffee and caffeine are essential for most people, including office workers and students. However, caffeine can also cause twitching under the eyes. It is assumed that caffeine stimulates the facial nerve and causes eye twitching. Additionally, excessive intake of caffeine can promote the secretion of excitatory neurotransmitters, increasing wakefulness and causing eye twitching.

Lack of magnesium

We also commonly know that twitching under the eyes is due to a lack of magnesium. In fact, magnesium and calcium deficiencies can cause this symptom. Magnesium has an important role in maintaining the health of muscle tissue and controlling muscle tension, so magnesium deficiency can cause muscle cramps such as twitching under the eyes. Therefore, to prevent twitching under the eyes, it is helpful to consume foods rich in magnesium and calcium such as anchovies, milk, tomatoes, shellfish, seaweed, almonds, and bananas.

Symptoms of Facial Cramps?

If the twitching under the eyes does not stop and continues for more than a month, you may suspect ‘facial spasm.’’ Facial spasm includes symptoms such as the area under the eye shaking unconsciously or single eye closing automatically. These symptoms can spread to the area around the mouth, and in severe cases, the face may tremble all day long, even while sleeping, and may even cause convulsions to the point where one cannot even open the eyes. In this case, it is recommended that you visit a nearby neurosurgery clinic for treatment. Ultimately, one of the main causes of facial spasm is related to stress and fatigue, so it is important to reduce fatigue and manage stress well.

Published by B&VIIT EYE CENTER

B&VIIT Eye Center is an ultra-modern, Korea's representative ophthalmic clinic that has successfully accomplished vision correction surgeries on over 500,000 eyes for 27 years.

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