A job interview or first date is a really inconvenient time for your left eyelid to flutter without your permission. Yet there it goes. Fatigue, sleep deprivation, stress, eye strain, too much coffee or alcohol and also certain stimulants like those in some decongestants can all contribute to eyelid twitches and other facial twitches, too. Your best bet at resolving a facial twitch is a good dose of … patience. Reduce caffeine and alcohol intake. Easier said than done, we know. Eliminate stimulants. Some decongestants, diet aids and prescription medications such as those for ADHD are stimulants. If you take a prescription drug, speak with your doctor about whether it could be contributing to the problem. Lessen eye irritation.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke NINDS conducts and supports research related to hemifacial spasm through grants to major research institutions across the country. Much of this research focuses on better ways to prevent, treat, and ultimately cure neurological disorders, such as hemifacial spasm. Hemifacial spasm is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by frequent involuntary contractions spasms of the muscles on one side hemi- of the face facial. The disorder occurs in both men and women, although it more frequently affects middle-aged or elderly women. It is much more common in the Asian population. The first symptom is usually an intermittent twitching of the eyelid muscle that can lead to forced closure of the eye. The spasm may then gradually spread to involve the muscles of the lower face, which may cause the mouth to be pulled to one side. Eventually the spasms involve all of the muscles on one side of the face almost continuously. The condition may be caused by a facial nerve injury, or a tumor, or it may have no apparent cause.
Hemifacial spasm HFS is a rare neuromuscular disease characterized by irregular, involuntary muscle contractions spasms on one side hemi- of the face -facial. This disease takes two forms: typical and atypical. In typical form, the twitching usually starts in the lower eyelid in orbicularis oculi muscle. As time progresses, it spreads to the whole lid, then to the orbicularis oris muscle around the lips, and buccinator muscle in the cheekbone area. This disorder occurs in both men and women, although it affects middle-aged or elderly women more frequently. Individuals with spasm on both sides of the face are very rare.
Hemifacial spasm HFS is an involuntary twitching or contraction of the facial muscles on one side of the face. Medication, surgery, and Botox injections are treatment options to stop the spasms and relieve the discomfort. Each treatment offers benefits, but each has limitations. You and your doctor should determine which treatment is best.