Eye twitching and pregnancy???

by Stefany on June 17, 2011

I have been having a problem for several weeks and it is about to drive me insane.  My eye is twitching.  It is my left eye all the time and it does it the vast majority of the day.  When the same eye started watering and causing more discomfort, I decided enough was enough and headed to the eye doctor.  Since then, I have found that this is a very common problem for pregnant women so I wanted to share what the doctor told me.  For the record, these eye twitching solutions are for everyone, not just pregnant women.

After several questions about my eye history and medical history frpm the tech, the optometrist finally came in to see me.  She asked me what my complaints were and I immediately told her (I was ready to just get back home at this point)…. my eye twitches and waters.  She looked right at me and said “there isn’t anything I can do for the twitching”.  Ummm, what???  I was hoping for a little more than that to be honest.   She then told me that the watering may be helped.  Sadly, I would rather have a watery eye than a twitching one but, hey what can you do?!?

She told me that eye twitching is very common in pregnancy but it also affects people of any age and/or gender.  She said that the main reasons this occurs is because of stress and fatigue.  The solution?  Decrease your stress level and get more rest.  Yeah, easier said than done, right?  She told me that Botox could help (I am not certain if she was pulling my leg or being serious though!) but that is nothing I would be interested in doing.  Her only other advice?  Stop thinking about it because it will only make it worse.  Geez, thanks doc!

The watery eye is actually a result of dry eye.   The solution is very simple to this one.  Head to the pharmacy and purchase some eye lubricants.  They can be used several times a day and will help with the dry eye problem… which will take care of the watery eye problem.  That seems backwards to me but it does help apparently.  Another sadly… I can’t put drops in my own eyes so I haven’t be able to do this yet.  I know, I know.  A nurse can’t do eye drops?  I can give others drops anytime and anywhere.  Me, not so much.

So, there you go.  Get some rest, stop the stress and lube up (your eye).  Easy peasy, right?  Has anyone else ever had this most annoying problem?

p.s. I was going to put an image on this post for your viewing pleasure but the eye pictures freaked me out!

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