Many people have had the experience of eyelid twitching. People often say, “Left eye twitching, right eye twitching disaster”. Does eyelid twitching really indicate anything?
Today, we will learn from the medical point of view what the twitching eyelid may be.
The eyelid twitching is actually the eyelid spasm and twitching, which can often be divided into two situations: physiological eyelid twitching and pathological eyelid twitching.
/ Physiological eyelid twitching/
Physiological eyelid twitching, often due to prolonged The symptoms of staying up late, fatigue, overuse of eyes, anxiety, anger, etc. may occur to everyone, and it does not necessarily indicate any disease.
In general, most physiological eyelid twitches recover spontaneously and do not require special treatment.
Recovery can be promoted by proper rest, local hot compresses, massage, or taking some B vitamins, the symptoms can gradually ease and disappear, and no Keep getting worse, so don’t panic too much.
But some people may be worried, thinking that eyelid twitching is a prelude to facial paralysis.
To this question, Wang Lin, Director of Neurosurgery, Aviation General Hospital of China Medical University, replied, “Eyelid twitching is not a prelude to facial paralysis, and it has little to do with facial paralysis. “.
Facial paralysis is more often caused by viral infection, cold or wind, local trauma, tumor, or cerebral hemorrhage and cerebral ischemia. The onset is usually sudden, and may be preceded by numbness or tightness in the face, forehead, and scalp, or there may be no obvious aura.
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/ Pathological eyelid twitching/
If the eyelid twitching cannot be relieved by rest, the symptoms are getting heavier and more extensive, and repeated for a long time, especially for more than three months. Possibly pathological.
If it is unilateral eyelid twitching and the twitching is getting wider and wider, combined with facial, jaw or neck twitching, it may be caused by hemifacial spasm .
Hemifacial spasm usually occurs slowly, most of which are caused by blood vessels compressing the root of the facial nerve, and a few are caused by tumors or other unknown reasons.
The cure rate of hemifacial spasm can reach 98% if treated by microvascular decompression surgery in time. If the treatment is not timely, it may eventually lead to paralytic facial paralysis.
If it is bilateral eyelid twitching combined with facial or jaw twitching for more than 3 months, it may indicate Meijer syndrome.
Mejer’s syndrome is a segmental dystonia similar to Parkinson’s disease. Both belong to the degeneration and aging of the nervous system. It is usually incurable and can only be cured by Symptoms can be relieved with medications, topical botulinum toxin injections, and surgery.
Mejer’s syndrome is often confused with hemifacial spasm because the eyelid twitching in Meijer’s syndrome may also appear unilaterally and then bilaterally.
However, Meijer’s syndrome usually starts with dry eyes, itchy eyes, and frequent blinking, and then gradually progresses to difficulty opening eyes, breathing, swallowing, speaking, and possibly I am afraid of light and wind, so it is often more serious when I go out. The course of the disease often exceeds 3 months or even half a year, and it gradually worsens.
Judging from the timing of eyelid twitching, hemifacial spasm will have intermittent periods, that is, there will be no twitching for a period of time, just like ordinary people; and patients with Meijer syndrome, Eyelid twitching is often not intermittent.
In summary, if the eyelid twitching cannot be relieved for a long time, and the symptoms become heavier and more severe, you must go to the hospital for examination and treatment in time.
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Reference: Medical Microvision Official Website – Chief Physician Lu Yan “Ophthalmological Symptoms – Eyelid Problems”< /span>
Medical Microvision Official Website – Chief Physician Wang Lin “Facial Paralysis” “Meijie Syndrome” span>