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Twitching Eye S) Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand twitching eye(s) symptoms, including 3 causes & common questions.

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  1. 3 Possible Twitching Eye(S) Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

3 Possible Twitching Eye(S) Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced twitching eye(s). This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a condition in which the retina becomes damaged in people with diabetes. Risk factors for developing diabetic retinopathy include high blood sugars, high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, genetic factors, undergoing cataract surgery, puberty, and pregnancy.

Early diabetic retinopathy does not cause any symptoms. Advanced diabetic retinopathy may cause blurred vision, floaters, or a "curtain" over the vision.

The diagnosis is made with a dilated eye exam by a trained eye doctor.

Treatment options include laser treatment, eye surgery, and medications injected into the eye. Prevention involves controlling blood sugar and blood pressure and undergoing regular eye exams.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: blurry vision, eye pain, difficulty transitioning from bright to dim environments, floating spots in vision, loss of vision

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Chronically dry eyes

Chronically dry eyes are a relatively common condition, especially in older adults, that can be very uncomfortable and lead to damage of the surface of the eye. They are caused by a decrease in the tear production of the eye or an increase in tear evaporation. Risk factors include age, female gender, use of contacts, Sjogren's syndrome, diabetes, use of certain medications, and vitamin A deficiency. The predominant symptoms are dry and red eyes, irritation of the eye, and a feeling that there is an object in the eye. The primary treatment for dry eyes is to use rewetting drops or artificial tears, which are available over-the-counter.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: dry eyes, dry mouth, eye pain, feeling of something in the eye, sensitivity to light

Symptoms that always occur with chronically dry eyes: dry eyes

Urgency: Self-treatment

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (als)

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is also called ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease named after the Hall of Fame baseball player whose career ended when he developed ALS. It is a degenerative disease that destroys nerve cells, which eventually leads to loss of control over muscle function. The cause of ALS is not known.

Symptoms include weakness; difficulty with speaking, swallowing, walking, or using the hands; and muscle cramps. It does not affect the senses or a person's mental ability.

ALS is progressive, meaning it worsens over time. There is no cure, but supportive care can keep the patient more comfortable and improve quality of life. Treatment involves medications to both slow the progression of the disease and ease the symptoms; respiratory therapy; physical therapy; occupational therapy; and psychological support.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: shortness of breath, decreased exercise tolerance, difficulty concentrating, difficulty walking, hoarse voice

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Twitching Eye(S)

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Do you have a stuffy nose?
  • Do you have a runny nose?
  • Do you have dry eyes?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Twitching Eye(S) Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced twitching eye(s) have also experienced:

  • 6% Headache
  • 4% Fatigue
  • 2% Involuntary Movements

People who have experienced twitching eye(s) were most often matched with:

  • 50% Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Als)
  • 37% Diabetic Retinopathy
  • 12% Chronically Dry Eyes

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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