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By Kate Rope
An Eye Twitch or Other Tic
George Marks/Getty ImagesWhat's happening?
The term "tic" in medicine can mean any number of involuntary things your body does. In this case, we're talking about those annoying little muscle twitches you get in your eye or other parts of your body, such as your knee, that bug you for a day or two for seemingly no reason. "A muscle is firing under your skin, because you are in a state of excitement or stress," explains Jeffrey Cain, M.D., president-elect of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the chief of family medicine at Children's Hospital Colorado in Denver.
Why is your body doing it?
"Your body is telling you that it is stressed or tired," says Cain. "In the case of eye twitches, they can happen from fatigue, such as staring at a computer screen all day."
What should you do?
"For most of us, these twitches are not a serious problem," says Cain.
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