Why Do My Eyes Twitch? | Shinagawa Blog

Why Do My Eyes Twitch?

Have you ever felt like your bottom eyelid is having spasms? Do you feel like everyone can see it happening if they look at you?

Myokymia is the medical term for what we call “eye twitching”.

The muscle that closes the eyelids is called the orbicularis oculi. It is a significant muscle that is connected to a very sensitive set of nerves.

When we say our eyes twitch, we usually refer to this eyelid muscle twitching, although the muscles that physically move the eyeball can also twitch.

These muscle contractions (which many describe as “rippling”) usually happen with the lower eyelid of one eye, but twitching can also be felt in the upper eyelid.

What causes this?

The most common cause of eye twitching or spasm is dryness or irritation. However, we have also seen that stress, fatigue, caffeine, alcohol, allergies, nutritional imbalances, and lack of sleep can cause twitching as well.

Essentially, the blink reflex gets temporarily short-circuited by either of these causes.

There are, however, more dangerous causes of eye twitching, most of which involve compression of the nerves that innervate the face. Common eye twitching is usually unrelated to these conditions which may affect the eyelid (i.e. blepharospasm or hemifacial spasm). These neurological conditions are much less common and should be diagnosed and treated by an eye doctor.

How long until this goes away?

Most of these twitches will come and go, however, we have seen that sometimes the twitching can last for weeks or some have mentioned it has lasted for months.

What should I do?

We recommend seeing an eye doctor evaluate if you have eye twitching.

The questions your doctor will ask you are:

  • Do both of your eyes twitch, or just one?
  • Does your mouth or lower face ever twitch with your eye(s)?
  • Do you drink a lot of water?
  • Do you get enough sleep?
  • Do you drink a lot of coffee, soda, or caffeine?

Call us today at (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 or talk to our consultants via LiveChat here on our website, if you are noticing significant twitching and would like to have one of our eye doctors take a look.

Azi Lopez's RLE | Shinagawa Feature Story

Azi Lopez’s Best Investment Yet — Refractive Lens Exchange (RLE)

Being a stock trader and investor is no joke that’s why having a clear vision along with a bright mind are essentials to succeed.

Azi Lopez just made her best investment yet.

“I had my RLE (Refractive Lens Exchange) and it’s indeed life-changing. It’s the best investment for myself!” shared Azi.

Prior to her RLE, she’s been dealing with the blurriest vision for the longest time.

“I had an eye grade of 1100+/1800+ and for more than 20 years, I’ve had blurry vision. Now, I can see clearly! Goodbye eyeglasses and contact lenses!”

You can have the same fate, too, when it comes to your deteriorating eyesight. A Comprehensive Eye Screening can determine which procedure can restore your vision best. Schedule your screening now!

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Ways To Fade A Black Eye | Shinagawa Blog

Ways To Fade A Black Eye

There’s no magic trick to make a black eye vanish. But there are some treatments that might help it fade.

1. Arnica

There’s some evidence that this herb — available over the counter — may help bruises heal. Some studies have found that when people took oral arnica before cosmetic surgeries like nose jobs, it reduced the extent of their bruising.

Some people also find that it helps to put topical arnica gel on bruised skin to speed up healing. Just be careful not to get it in your eyes. A lot of the gel formulas have other ingredients that can be irritating.

2. Vitamin C

Like arnica, vitamin C is available over the counter in both oral and topical forms. Some research suggests it can help blood clots, which helps reduce the amount of bruising and swelling. There are also signs that vitamin C might help clots break down as a bruise heals.

For the best chance of success with vitamin C, taking it orally within the first day or two of the injury is recommended. No vitamin C on hand? Eat some oranges. And if you have topical vitamin C oil, you can also apply that to the skin around the eye. (Avoid getting it in the eye since it can be irritating.)

3. Laser treatment

Doctors can use in-office laser treatments to keep a new bruise from spreading and help it heal more quickly. To ensure that the procedure is effective, having it done right after your injury is recommended.

If you have a black eye and your wedding is coming up, it’s an option. If lasers aren’t in your budget, you’ll have to exercise a little patience. In the meantime, there’s always concealer.

For eye concerns, our doctors at Shinagawa can help you!

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Can Stress Affect Your Vision? | Shinagawa Blog

Can Stress Affect Your Vision?

In a fast-paced, digital, and highly-connected modern world, it seems that almost everyone you ask is either recovering from a period of stress or in the midst of one.

We are all affected by stress in different ways: headaches, nervous stomachs, neck pain…you name it. But can stress affect our vision? It seems so.

Here are the facts and some tips to protect your peepers.

The mechanics of stress

We all go through periods of stress. Our bodies are adaptable and learn to deal with good and bad stress. It goes back to our hunter-gatherer days when we were faced with other predators. You might have heard of the “fight or flight” response. Our brain and body had to decide how we would approach a situation and what our best outcome for survival would be. Nowadays, it’s usually less life-threatening than being eaten by a tiger, but the physical response is similar.

When we are stressed, our body creates a surge of adrenaline and our pupils dilate. The idea behind this was to allow more light into our eyes so that we could properly scope out any threats. Our autonomic nervous system is responsible for our response to stress, so if we are stressed, our pupils dilate; when we’re relaxed or tired, they constrict. However, if dilated for too long (more chronic stress), your eyes can actually become sensitive to light, which can, in turn, lead to eye strain or even blurry vision.

Eye-related symptoms

Now that you know why your eyes react to stress, let’s discuss how. Here is a list of common symptoms you may experience due to stress:

  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eye twitching, also known as a myokymia
  • Tunnel vision (loss of peripheral vision)
  • Excessively dry or wet eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Eye strain
  • Eye floaters

If you are going through a period of stress and experience any of these symptoms, pay attention to them. While it may be normal, you should always go see an eye doctor to check on the health of your eyes.

Stress, as we know, can become a vicious cycle. Sometimes, we become stressed about being stressed, and this cycle can affect our eyes as well. In fact, a Turkish study showed a strong correlation between Dry Eye Disease and stress, anxiety, and depression.

How to cope

While it can be frustrating to experience eye-related symptoms due to stress, the good news is, that there are ways to cope.

While many people correlate de-stressing with meditation, it’s not the only way to unplug.

If you do think daily meditation might be for you but are a bit skeptical, there’s an app for that. Otherwise, listening to some calming music in a dim room, focusing on your breath, and quietly letting your thoughts just float on by for a few minutes is an easy go-to technique.

Other helpful options could be writing in a journal, like a gratitude journal, exercising, taking a warm bath, eating, and sleeping well.

Of course, the best remedy is to cut back on what is stressing you out. However, we all know that’s not always possible. If you have a big project to deliver at work, you can’t just drop it. However, if certain social situations or relationships are causing undue stress, avoiding or cutting back on those could be helpful.

Stress is an unavoidable part of life and while it can be difficult to deal with the physical consequences it can have on our bodies, it is usually temporary and manageable. Remember to listen to your body and if your eye symptoms are persistent or seem severe, go see your Optometrist.

If you have vision problems that are unrelated to stress, like nearsightedness or farsightedness and you’d like to get rid of your glasses or contacts, we’ll be happy to help. Come see us!

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat here on our website.

Ways To Ensure The Smoothest LASIK Recovery For You | Shinagawa Blog

Ways To Ensure The Smoothest LASIK Recovery For You

Recovering from any surgery can be a daunting task that may turn you off of a surgical procedure. But LASIK is a procedure that is well worth the tiny effort required.

And even better: recovery is actually not all that long and difficult. You will need to be more careful about getting things in your eyes and try not to exert yourself.

Over the course of your brief recovery period, you will be able to slowly resume your normal life and routine.

At Shinagawa, our staff, nurses, and doctors will constantly provide you with instructions on what you need to do during your brief recovery after LASIK.

Here are some more detailed tips on how to ensure a comfortable and speedy recovery after LASIK:

Avoid Water in Your Eyes

After LASIK, your eyes will be particularly in danger of becoming infected. Even clean tap water can carry germs and microbes that cause infection.

Chlorinated pools or hot tubs are no better, as the chemicals can be irritating to irritate eyes. As such, you should not plan on swimming for several weeks after your surgery.

Avoid all bodies of water like lakes, pools, the ocean, and even hot tubs. You should also be careful to not get water or shampoo in your eyes while showering.

Keep your eyes closed as much as possible until your eyes have healed more.

Do Not Bend Much or Lift Heavy Things

During the early stages of your recovery, your eyes will be extraordinarily delicate. An important part of the procedure involves creating a flap in the cornea.

This is essential to reshaping the cornea and removing corneal tissue. These flaps need enough time to heal, as they are more likely to become detached.

A detached flap can lead to serious complications. You should be careful not to damage your eyes by playing sports or doing other risky activities.

At the beginning of recovery, say no to strain or any kind of lifting or bending at the waist. Even this mild strain can be enough to create pressure on the delicate flaps. Do yourself a favor and take it easy for the first week after you have LASIK.

Do Not Rub Your Eyes

There’s never a good time to rub your eyes, but after getting LASIK is the very worst time to do it. Your eyes may be itchy and irritated after the procedure.

You may be extremely tempted to rub your eyes but it’s a sure way to cause flap complications. It will also not provide lasting relief.

Instead, use eye drops proactively to prevent itching from occurring. You should be applying drops regularly to keep your eyes hydrated during recovery.

You should do this even when your eyes are not itchy. Applying eye drops and artificial tears can make a difference in reducing dry eyes.

Attend Your Scheduled Post-Operative Check-ups

Within 24 hours after the surgery, you will need to check in with the doctor. This is so they can see how your initial recovery is going.

You’ll also need to come back several times over the next month (a week and a month after the procedure) as you continue to recover.

If there are any problems or complications, they will be able to catch them before they get out of hand. If your eyes are bothering you, let your doctor know sooner rather than later.

Ready to start your journey to a clear vision? Schedule a LASIK Screening at Shinagawa! Why wait any longer when perfect vision is just right around the corner?

Call our Patient Care Lines: (+632) 7-368 5238 l (+63) 917 862 7454 l (+63) 921 217 0517 for inquiries, questions, and appointments or talk to our consultants via LiveChat here on our website.