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Why does my eyelid twitch?

July 1, 2022

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illustration of a pair of eyes with squiggly lines representing twitching of the eyelid

Q. Sometimes my eyelid spasms without any obvious reason. Why does this happen?

A. Don’t be alarmed. Almost everyone experiences eye twitches — uncontrollable movements in the upper or lower eyelid — at some point. These tiny muscle spasms don’t hurt, and they tend to go away on their own. But when they happen, it’s typically a signal of minor physical or mental stress. Twitch triggers can include

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