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Can Reading Cause Eye Twitching?
By Cynthia Kirkeby
Jan 22, 2007, 08:08

I want to know if reading causes eye twitching?

The short answer is yes it can. However, muscle twitches are often caused by a lack of potassium, so the first thing I would try is eating a banana or two. Twitches around the eye (or Blepharospasms) can also be caused by stress, an irritation of one of the facials nerves, dry eyes, or being tired. If you’re doing a lot of reading the dry eyes and being tired may be the culprits.

According to the Eye Care Source, mild twitching will usually go away on its own and you should reduce stress and get additional sleep. Also, you should make sure that you take frequent breaks when working on a computer or reading, and if your eyes are dry you can try some lubricant eye drops to see if they help. If none of this resolves the twitching, please see your doctor or eye care professional for further assistance because there are also some neurological issues that can cause eye twitching or excessive blinking.

Cynthia Kirkeby
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