by Charlotte Andersen for SHAPE.com
Why does my eye always twitch?Possibly the only thing more irritating than an itch you can't scratch, involuntary eye twitching, or myokymia, is a feeling that many of us are familiar with. Sometimes the trigger is obvious (fatigue or seasonal allergies), while other times it's a total mystery. The good news is that it's rarely a cause for concern. "Nine out of 10 times, [eye twitching] is nothing to worry about, it's just more of an annoyance than anything else," says Dr. Jeremy Fine, a Los Angeles-based concierge doctor. But just because it's not dangerous doesn't mean you should grin and bear it. We asked experts to share some lesser-known reasons why this happens and tips on how to quit the twitch fast.
1. Stress: Stress it the number one reason for a twitchy eye, or eye spasm, says Dr. Monica L. Monica M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Typically the patient deals with the twitching for a week or so when something is troubling them,
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2. Normally I would not
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