The Next Time Your Eye Twitches, You Might Need To Keep All Of This Information Stored In Your Mind…

The eye is one of the most delicate parts of the human body. Studying it has been no easy task for doctors and scientists. As far as science and technology have gone, they understand very little compared to the knowledge our Creator has.

However, there are some knowledge our Creator has blessed us with. We know that lid spasms are common, and that sometimes this can be a sign of trouble.

A slight tremor or twitch of the eyelid—the type that shows up without warning is usually never a cause for panic, explains Dr. Wayne Cornblath, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center.

“I think everybody has these once in a while,” Cornblath says. “You rub it, and it eventually stops.”

Let us not confuse what the doctor is talking about. He’s talking about the kind of miniscule muscle spasm that happens in one eyelid. This type of spasm goes away on its own and rarely repeats itself.

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In order to get rid of these nuisances, cut back on the amount of caffeine you are consuming. Too much caffeine may be a trigger.

According to some research from York University in Canada, caffeine has been shown to release neurotransmitters like serotonin and noradrenaline that stimulate muscles of your body that do not normally become overactive.

“Caffeine is a stimulant, and it increases reactivity within the muscles and nerves,” Cornblath explains. That may go some way toward explaining how caffeine causes occasional bouts of eyelid quivering, he says.

Even having very little sleep can trigger this:

“Research has shown a correlation, and we know that getting more sleep can help, but we don’t know why,” Cornblath says. The same can be said for muscle spasms in general, which are quite common but confound explanation. “You hear about low potassium or dehydration, but there doesn’t seem to be much hard evidence,” Cornblath says.

Stress is also known to trigger some epinephrine—a fight-of-flight molecule that gets your muscles going.

If your twitches last for more than a month, make sure to have them checked out!

Article: TIME