Why does the eyelid of the eye sometimes tremble?

Why does the eyelid of the eye sometimes tremble?

Sometimes one of our eyelids begins to twitch , as if trying to wink at anyone who comes within range or as if shivering from the cold.

In any case, do not worry too much about what others think: although you can feel the movement perfectly, it is difficult for others to notice it : it will not seem that you are flirting, nor that you are a "winker", that figure of the rural areas of England that were dedicated to transmitting the evil eye simply by winking at you (even cows that were sick were said to have "winked").

An involuntary and harmless spasm

If you suffer from this tremor, you are surely suffering from what is called eyelid myokymia , an involuntary spasm of the eyelid that is harmless, although it is usually triggered by fatigue, stress or excess caffeine. To solve it, then, it is enough to relax or take a good nap .

For a long time, however, quinine (in the form of tonic water) has been used to eliminate these eye tremors. But if you don’t like the tonic, it is also useful to gently squeeze the point of the shaking for a few seconds , which helps to stop it temporarily.

But, be careful, there is a more worrisome case of tremor of the eyes, as Joan Liebmann-Smith points out in her book Listen to your body :

Although it is normally benign, eyelid myokymia can be a sign that warns us of the possibility that we suffer from Meige syndrome or blepharospasm, with which it is often confused. In blepharospasm, the eyelids repeatedly close all the way instead of trembling; the eyes are often irritated and very sensitive to light. And, unlike myokymia, blepharospasm, if left untreated, can cause vision damage.