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Dr. James, Board Certified Ophthalmologist
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I am suffering from frequent eyetwitching of my left eyelid

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I am suffering from frequent eyetwitching of my left eyelid and it is very bothersome. Additionally, both of my eyes water on a regular basis. I means wet to the place that the salt in the tears irritates my skin from wiping so much. I find myself rubbing my eyes often. It is the inner part of my eyes (next to the bridge of my nose) that I find itchy. Could these symptoms be related and is there any treatment I should seek?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. James replied 6 years ago.
Dr. James :

Hello.

Customer:

hello

Dr. James :

When did this begin?

Dr. James :

Are you using any eye drops?

Customer:

All of it has been going on for quite a while, but I was just reading that there might be a relationship. No I am not using eyedrops;

Dr. James :

Eyelid twitching is usually a sign of irritation.

Dr. James :

This can be caused by dry eyes. Sometimes dry irritated eyes can be wet because it tears in response to the irritation.

Dr. James :

You should use artificial tears to keep it from getting irritated.

Customer:

Would twitching be the same as muscle spasms?

Dr. James :

yes, very similar.

Dr. James :

just that these are very small muscles.

Customer:

Is it necessary to have a prescription for the artificial tears?

Dr. James :

No, you can buy it at the pharmacy or any supermarket

Customer:

would the dryness also cause the need for me to rub my eyes

Dr. James :

Yes, because of the reflexive tearing.

Customer:

Okay. How long will it take to get results?

Dr. James :

May takes days to weeks.

Dr. James :

I also recommend starting on warm compresses of your eyelids. This will help soften the plugged oil glands of your eyelids. After the warm compresses, you can use dilute baby shampoo in warm water, scrub the bases of your eyelashes with the pads of your fingers twice a day.

Customer:

That makes sense. I have little white pustules up under my lashes on both eyes.

Dr. James :

Those may be plugged oil glands.

Dr. James :

The warm compresses should help.

Customer:

Well I have something to try.

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