Hi. I have myokymia. No it’s OK, you don’t have to do tilted-head concerned face; you probably have it too. Don’t freak out. It’s just a twitchy eye. Yes that sudden onset eyelid twitching that freaks you the hell out. It comes and goes and makes you feel INSANE, sitting on the tube, twitching, twitching; ripples of muscles contracting and not in a good way. And you are self-conscious because obviously you look demented – except the flipside to the horror is that no one can tell. You are alone with your twitch. The bitch. But then again you are also alone with your pelvic floor muscles. Which is a plus.
So in a relaxed (!) kind of way, I thought I would investigate the eye-twitch because I wanted to know why my eyelid starts beating out its own morse code every once in a while. And guess what Midults? Myokymia is caused by stress, caffeine, alcohol and computers, also known as the big four (bore). Basically anything that causes eye strain (iStrain) or compromises sleep. Now I am not going to insult your wisdom and experience by telling you to have some me-time. I might tell you to follow the 20-20-20 rule when using your devices: every 20 minutes, look away from your screen and allow your eyes to focus on a distant object (at least 20 feet away) for 20 seconds or longer. This reduces that pesky eye muscle fatigue that may trigger eyelid twitching. Hateful, I know. Sorry.
But wait, there is good news. Almost all sudden-onset eyelid twitching is benign, meaning the condition is not serious or a sign of a medical problem*. Just Midult life. Twitch twitch twitch.
*if symptoms persist, yadda, yadda