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Why Do Your Eyelids Twitch?

If you’ve ever experienced twitching eyelids, chances are you’ve felt a brief moment of panic. However, it’s important to remember that just because the occasional eyelid twitch is most likely benign, there are certain instances which may point to a bigger and more pressing issue. Dr. Mehryar (Ray) Tabanis a board certified oculoplastic surgeon practicing in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, who can better help diagnose your involuntary twitch.

Myokymia: What Is It?

Myokymia (also called benign essential eyelid spasms)  is the term used to describe involuntary eye twitching, however the actual cause is unknown. Researchers indicate that because cases of Myokymia generally clear up on their own, there isn’t much incentive to study the phenomenon any further. However, there are multiple tricks that you can try to cure your upper eyelid spasm, including:

  • Hot & Cold Compress
  • Antihistamines
  • Rest & Relaxation
  • Drink Plenty of Fluids

When an eye is twitching as a result of inflammation due to allergy, Dr. Taban generally prescribes medicine to help reduce or stop the twitching, as this is a result of the nervous system over-reacting.


Blepharospam is a more serious medical condition that affects eyelid muscles and causes them to involuntarily close. In its beginning stages, blepharospasm can take the form of excessive squinting or blinking and quickly turn into entire eye closure. If you’ve ever experienced signs of blepharospasm, it’s very important to contact an experienced oculoplastic or reconstructive surgeon to better understand your treatment options.

Why Does Blepharospasm Occur?

Benign Essential Blepharospasm is the most common cause of blepharospasm.  There are other reasons why blepharospasm may occur in certain individuals, but not every patient is the same. For some, eyelid spasms may indicate:

  • Too Much Caffeine
  • Not Enough Sleep
  • Scratched Cornea
  • Dry eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Stress

Who Does Blepharospasm Effect?

In America, blepharospasm affects more than 60,000 people according to the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation. Dr. Taban can treat blepharospasm in Beverly Hills or Santa Barbara with Botox injections, Dysport, or Xeomin. These injectables work by paralyzing the muscles causing the spasm, ultimately resulting in a better quality of life for the patient.  Injections are usually given in the eyelid, brow, or under lower lid muscles.

Dr. Taban: Expert Blepharospasm Surgeon in Beverly Hills

Dr. Taban is board certified in the field of Ophthalmology and has extensive training and background in oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery with practices in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara. If you’d like to learn more about eye disorders or blepharospasm, please contact Dr. Taban today to schedule your initial consultation.