Eye twitching usually goes away on its own within a few days or weeks with rest, stress relief and decreased caffeine.
Schedule an appointment with your doctor if:
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- The twitching doesn't go away within a few weeks
- Your eyelid completely closes with each twitch or you have difficulty opening the eye
- Twitching happens in other parts of your face or body as well
- Your eye is red or swollen or has discharge
- Your eyelids are drooping
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