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Do your eyes ever bother you? Mine had been giving me trouble consistently for a while when I finally made an appointment with my ophthalmologist. The most concerning thing was twitching. Not just the occasional twitches that we all get, but daily twitches that sometimes were almost constant. After a comprehensive exam I was diagnosed with Dry Eye Syndrome. In my googling attempts I never came across dry eyes as a reason for twitching. There are, however, a bunch of terrifying things that come up. We really should NEVER google symptoms!

These things can cause dry eyes:

  1. The natural aging process, especially during and after menopause.
  2. Side effects of certain drugs. Antihistamines are very drying.
  3. Diseases that affect your ability to make tears.
  4. Problems with eyes closing as they should.

These things can help if you have dry eyes:

  1. Limit technology. Too much time staring at computer screens negatively affects eyes.
  2. Artificial tears/Lubricating drops.
  3. Steroid drops can be used short term.
  4. Temporary and permanent plugs that close the duct that drains tears from your eyes.
  5. Lipiflow is a procedure that unclogs glands in your eyelids.
  6. Testosterone cream for your eyelids.

My doctor prescribed some steroid drops and gave me samples of lubricating drops. These seemed to do the trick for me. I also use the 20-20-20 rule to help to prevent this problem. The rule says that for every 20 minutes spent looking at a screen, a person should look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

I hope this is helpful. Stay safe.