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Your eyes are twitching – what’s going on?

causes-of-twitching-eyesWe’ve all experienced it at one point or another, an unexplained eyelid twitch, which is medically known as blepharospasm. Most people assume that a twitching eyelid is just a sign that they haven’t gotten enough sleep lately, and they shrug it off until it goes away.

However, twitching eyelids can be more of a nuisance when they become a chronic issue, and causes aren’t always related to fatigue. In fact, in rare instances, a twitching eyelid can be a cause for concern, as it can be an early symptom of a chronic movement disorder.

What’s causing your eye fatigue?

causes-of-eye-fatigueEye fatigue (sometimes called eye strain) is an all too common ailment for people who work on computers all day. If your eyes are aching, itchy, or burning after a long day of staring at the screen, you probably have eye fatigue, and you probably know exactly what’s causing it.

You can relieve the strain on your eyes by making sure that your computer’s monitor is roughly the same brightness as the rest of the room and by taking a break every 20 to 25 minutes to rest your eyes and shift your focus.

What if, however, you have these symptoms or a mild headache that centers around your temples, and you’ve already tried shifting focus, massaging your temples, and closing your eyes? What could be the underlying cause of your eye strain and fatigue, and how can you relieve it?

What to do when pink eye strikes

treating-pink-eyeIf you, your spouse, or one of your children comes down with a case of pink eye (more formally, conjunctivitis), you need to act quickly and effectively to treat it and keep it from spreading to the rest of the family. First, you’ll need to know how to spot it early before it spreads to anyone else.

Symptoms of conjunctivitis

If you have pink eye, you’ll likely feel like you have something gritty or itchy in your eye. Blinking and rubbing your eye won’t help, and neither will eye drops or flushing your eye with water. This is one of the most common early warning signs of conjunctivitis, and it can create a very easy means to spread the infection to your other eye and to other people.

Surprising ways you’re hurting your vision without knowing it

hurting-your-visionYou’re probably familiar with the most common ways that you can hurt your eyes. Don’t stare at the sun (or go out without sunglasses), don’t smoke, don’t focus on one thing (especially a computer screen) for too long without taking a break. However, there are a lot more ways you could be hurting your vision and aging your eyes every day than you might think.

From rubbing at a spec of dirt trapped under your eyelid, to sleeping too little and not drinking enough water, you could be causing a lot of vision issues for yourself that could otherwise be easily prevented.

Supplementing your diet for vision health

diet-and-vision-healthYour parents always told you to eat your carrots because they were good for your eyes. Were your mom and dad right? Recent studies seem to point to a link between vitamin intake and eye health.

Eating vegetables that are high in vitamins A, C, and E, along with zinc and beta-carotene will not give you 20-20 vision, but these vitamins may very well stave off macular degeneration as you age. Also, though carrots have the reputation for keeping rabbits from wearing glasses, other foods may actually be better for your eyes.

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