Eye Jumping

What Causes Eye Jumping?

Have you ever had a case of eye jumping at the wrong moments? Maybe you are having that important interview and your eyelid won’t give up the infernal twitching sensation. Or maybe this happened to you on a first date or at some other important moment. Either way, eye jumping is usually an annoying and altogether unwanted sensation. However, it is not always a sensation that is easily relieved. Read on to learn what doctors believe to be the causes of eye jumping and how it can be treated.

You may know this particular condition as another name, such as “eye twitching” or “eye spasm”. The technical term is Blepharospasm, and it is defined as the involuntary blinking or twitching of the eyelid. An involuntary eye twitch is caused by an abnormality of the basal ganglion—the part of the brain that controls the muscles responsible for blinking. Doctors aren’t really sure what causes the abnormal function o the basal ganglion, but some people believe it could be hereditary.

Anxiety is another thing to consider. Do you find that your eye tends to “go off” whenever you have to speak in public or are required to do something else that makes you nervous? Anxiety can do a real number on the human body and, unfortunately, eye jumping is just one of the many results that anxiety can produce. In this case (and in many others, which we will get to later), the treatment is acknowledging where the anxiety is coming from and to learn how to deal with it. Maybe confronting your “fears” will help, but that is not always an option for some of us. If you can’t out-right overcome the issue that makes you anxious, try looking into relaxation techniques such as exercise, meditation, a massage, or even chilling out to your favorite music can help.

Caffeine can also have varying effects on people. If your caffeine intake is fairly high, it can cause an overstimulation in your brain—remember the basal ganglion?—which results in eye spasms. Caffeine can be a particular culprit if you frequently drink energy drinks, espresso or other strong coffee, or soda pop. If you can manage, cut down the amount of caffeine you take in on a daily basis. You might freak out at the thought of doing without your morning cuppa Joe, but don’t worry! –You don’t have to eliminate all caffeine from your diet, but cutting back may show a significant improvement for eye spasms.

If you have chronically dry eyes, you may find that your eye twitching is linked to this condition. Your eye is likely twitching in an attempt to lubricate your eye. You should be able to solve this by administering eye drops frequently throughout the day. If over the counter eye drops are not effective, see if your optometrist can prescribe something for you.

There are different levels of severity when it comes to blepharospasm. Sometimes an artery can push against the nerves of one or both eyes (and sometimes the mouth), causing the face to twitch. This form of eye twitching is usually so severe that vision becomes difficult. This kind of condition usually can be corrected using medication, botulinum injections (the most common treatment), or surgery.

Twitching may also occur through another disorder, such as Tourette’s Syndrome or a nervous system disorder. In order to treat eye spasms of this nature, a doctor will usually need to assess the situation and design a course of action best for the individual. Most often, though, common eye twitching is simply a fact of life. Your best chance for treatment is to find out what is causing your eye to twitch and try to deal with THAT issue.