Ruth

My eye keeps flickering.

I am 61 years of age and my eye keeps flickering. Is this something I should see the doctor about?

28 April 2012

Most cases of isolated eye flickering (otherwise known as blepharospasm), lasts for short periods only and does not require further tests or treatment. It may be caused by tiredness or stress, but could also be caused by other eye conditions such as infection, injury or glaucoma.

If the spasm continues, becoming  chronic and distressing, further treatment may be required.  If the spasm of the eye is associated with spasms of other parts of the face/body or a drooping eyelid, you should see your doctor for further assessment.

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