translated from Spanish: Do I have to worry about the little spasm of my eyelids?, a specialist explains it

photograph / Mexico-surely more than ever one of your eyelids start to become small and annoying spasms, completely involuntary, which usually last several seconds or even more. If you past it means that at some point you’ve had mioquimias, or eyelid flutter, which in most cases are benign.
«They are involuntary spontaneous contractions of the orbicularis oculi of the eyelid,» explains Julio Ortega Usobiaga, ophthalmologist of the clínica Baviera, who points out that though it can affect both eyelids «most frequent is occurring at the bottom of the» eye, and that usually affects only one of them.» These spasms or tremors are not sufficiently strong to close involuntarily eyelid – one of the functions of this muscle-although are very annoying, especially if they recur every few seconds. But what causes them?
They appear in stressful situations in the vast majority of cases are a symptom of something that the World Health Organization (who) considers a «global epidemic»: stress. «They tend to appear in situations of tension, anxiety, fatigue and lack of sleep», ensures Ortega Usobiaga, and Guillermo Garcia Ribas, a physician in the service of Neurology at the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, agrees: «result from a greater muscle fatigue. Eye muscle is very active and therefore highly susceptible to exhaustion or stress».
It should take into account that this muscle is working almost as long as a person remains awake. «We parpadeamos an average of 10 times per minute [unas 9.600 veces por día, si dormimos ocho horas] and it is very difficult to avoid it. «If we’re tired, which increases with lack of sleep while we are with open eyes, or suffer stress, one of the manifestations that can be seen are the intermittent palpebral mioquimias», says Garcia Ribas.

When you call the doctor A times, these contractions last only a few days, but sometimes can linger for a few weeks. In those cases is when should arise seek medical advice. Mark Garcia Ribas guideline: «if they persist, especially at night when we are sleeping and it is assumed that the muscle is relaxed, or if the myokymia affects not only the area of the eyelid, but that is observed in other parts of the face should go to the doctor».
Treatment of almost all experts recommend passes through rest properly, avoid tensions and stress as well as the caffeine or stimulants, and encourage eye rest: stay away from screens, whether it’s computers, mobile or TV sets, or the least make breaks every hour; prevent eye dryness, Park lenses for glasses and use indirect light.
Source: The country

Original source in Spanish

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