Got an eyelid twitch? Here are 6 possible causes

These are the possible reasons why your eye is twitching

It’s a very peculiar sensation: those twitching, vibrating, tiny motions your eyelid can sometimes make. They’re caused by a nerve in your eye. The human eyelid is very fragile and sensitive. Most of the time, the twitching will stop of its own accord, but when this isn’t the case, it might be time to make a few lifestyle changes. Your eyelid twitch is probably caused by one of these six things. 

That coffee addiction might very possibly be the culprit.

1. Too much caffeine

Drinking too much coffee might be causing your eyelid twitch. Caffeine contains stimulating properties that can raise your heartbeat, boost your metabolism and activate certain muscles. And yes, that could also be the muscles in your eyes. According to experts, the muscles in your eyes are more sensitive to caffeine than other muscles. There’s no specific amount of caffeine that will cause your eye to start twitching, but lowering your intake won’t harm. When you regularly have an eye twitch, try remembering whether you had a coffee or other caffeinated drink before the twitching started.

2. Alcohol

Drinking alcohol can have the same effect on your eyelids as drinking caffeine. Is your eyelid doing its own thing again? Then you might want to skip having that glass of wine.


3. Stress

Eye twitching is often caused by stress. Your body has multiple ways of dealing with stress and eye twitching is one of them. So, you can take an eyelid twitch as a sign that you need to slow down a little. Do you suspect that your eyelid twitch is caused by stress? Try to find out what’s causing this and try to prevent it in the future.

4. Allergies

When you suffer from allergies, there are a few things that can happen to your eyes. They can get watery, or dry, they can swell, itch, get irritated… Or they could twitch.

5. Tired eyes

Since your eyes are hypersensitive, the smallest things can upset them. Not enough sleep can have a lot of influence, for example. When you haven’t slept for long enough, your eyes will get tired and there’s a chance they will start twitching. Luckily, this is easily solved: go to bed on time! When you need glasses but don’t wear them, your eyes can also get very tired. Even small abnormalities can cause your eyes to become tired. And think about all those screens we look at all day (phones, computers, television…). These cause our eyes to have to work extra hard.

6. Dry eyes

Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can cause dry eyes, but you can also get dry eyes due to things unrelated to alcohol and caffeine. People who wear contact lenses will be very familiar with this. Dry eyes can also cause an eyelid twitch. Actually, all causes come together with this factor, because stress and fatigue can cause dry eyes as well, which in turn can lead to an eyelid twitch.


Finding a solution doesn’t have to be difficult. Getting enough sleep and rest and making sure you avoid stress can help a lot. An eyelid massage can also help every now and then. When you notice your eyes are dry, you could use eye drops to relieve them.

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