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My 8 year old suddenly has a problem with eye twitching

By Anonymous March 25, 2009 - 5:44pm
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My daughter has had a cold and is stuffed up. She in the past has experienced itchy eyes and a stuffy nose. On Monday her eyes started twitching and blinking her eyes. When I asked her why she was doing it, she didn't know why. Her teacher called to let me know that she was doing this.

Has anyone experienced this??? It came out of the blue. I have asked her if she is stressed out or her eyes are dry. She said she's not stressed and her eyes are not dry.

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Hello, I am not sure if this blog is still active but I thought I would still write my concerns. My 4 year old has been twitching his eye on and off (it would come and go) over the course of the year. Now at the begging of this week he has been twitching his eye excessively one side more that the other. I am very worried and concerned by Dr said to ignore but I am taking my son to the eye Dr tomorrow and then to see our Family Dr as well. I have noticed that he is rubbing and tugging at his eye to. Does anyone have anymore feedback, did your child twitches stop?

Thank you Christine

March 10, 2017 - 11:05am
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Did you find out what was wrong? My 5 year old so has the same symptoms you described and it is freaking me out I called the dr and eye dr but wondered if you had any answers.

June 15, 2018 - 6:54am
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hi i have noticed my 9 yr old daughter doing this an was worried an took her for an eye test which they said they could find anything wrong but has got to go back for eye drops to look further into it. but its a constant thing an dont know how to stop her from doing it has i have been told to this.

January 10, 2013 - 7:43am
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My daughter has the exact smae problem...it started about 3 weeks ago...

April 16, 2010 - 8:42pm

Dear Anon: Thank you for sharing this information. It appears that your eight year old is experiencing muscle fatigue due to allergies. For most people eye twitching is not a serious condition and typically results from excessive fatigue or stress. For others eye twitching can lead to chronic irritation or vision problems.

Eye twitching is known as Blepharospasm. This is the technical term for involuntary eye twitching (eye spasms). Blepharospasm is more specifically defined as an abnormal involuntary blinking or spasm of the eyelids. Eye twitching usually involves involuntary movements of the eyelid specifically and are known as eye spasms. Some doctors often refer to this condition when chronically present as "blinking disorder." Sounds pretty serious. But it may not be.

There are actually multiple forms of blepharospasm, some more serious than others. I suggest your consult a pediatrician to ensure this is not a case of a blinking disorder that while not life threatening, is quite common and results frequently in patients. Some patients including those with Tourette's Syndrome or related neurological problems may experience more serious eye blinking disorders that may require evaluation and treatment.

Have you noticed any eye irritation? If she has a history of allergies it would not be uncommon to experience sensitivity to overly bright lights or being overly tired. Have you asked the teacher what type of lights they have in the classroom?

I suggest monitoring the frequency she is experiencing the eye twitching from day to day. You may notice that her symptoms resolve during sleep and restart on waking.

Causes of Eye Twitching
There are various causes of eye twitching in its serious and not so serious formats. The more common causes for eye twitching include:

Corneal irritation or injury (which could be linked to frequent coughing or sneezing in the case of your daughter)
Lack of sleep
Prolonged staring or eye strain
Neurological disorders
Possibly Hereditary

March 25, 2009 - 9:09pm
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