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A Twinkle in My Eye

  1. May 24, 2003 #1
    My left eye has been periodically twitching since Monday. Why is it doing this? How can I get it to stop?

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  3. May 24, 2003 #2
    I get the same thing quite often. It usually means I'm dehydrated, or I haven't been getting enough sleep. I'm not sure what it is though...
  4. May 24, 2003 #3


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    Too much computer time, purhaps ? :wink:
    Anyway, get it examined by an eye-doctor soon,
    maybe you got something stuck in it and an
    eye-doctor can wash it out (it happened
    to me once).

    Live long and prosper.
  5. May 24, 2003 #4


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    Maybe it is the monkey chow experiment that is kicking in:wink:

    As drag said there problably something in your eyes and its irritating it. So seeing a doctor would help.
  6. May 24, 2003 #5
    when I first read the thread subject, I thought you were saying you had a "twinkie" in your eye.

    I must admit, I am a little disappointed.

    Regardless, I find that I get the same thing when sleep deprived or stressed for long periods of time. Get some rest, do something fun, and don't stare at artificial screens for a while... seems to work for me, anyway :wink:

    Of course, you can't go wrong with the "see a doctor" suggestion.
  7. May 24, 2003 #6
    Stop poking a fork into it.
  8. May 24, 2003 #7
    Usually a sign of too much stress and/or caffeine. Cut back. ;) Muscle-relaxants or anti-convulsants would stop it, but that's probably a bit overboard.
  9. May 24, 2003 #8
    Thanks for advice dudes.

    I guess this whole thing started as soon as my finals were over... I was on a caffeine overload last week, then I abruptly stopped drinking coffee this week. Unfortunately, I don't have enough time to see a doctor. I'm leaving the country on Thursday, but before I go I have much work to finish. Yesterday, I spent 13 hours in the machine shop milling a probe for our cryostat. I've spent all day today in the cleanroom fabricating (which is where I am now). I should finish my mask designs this weekend. Plus, I'm supposed to make a poster and work on a publication. Hopefully I'll be able to finish all this work on time, or my advisor will be furious.


    P.S. The battery on my new notebook computer won't take a charge... I hate Murphy's law.
  10. May 24, 2003 #9
    I find it timely that you asked this because I was thinking just this morning about starting a thread that asked why such things happened. Also on my list would have been to ask why we can get a sudden sharp pain somewhere on our body when it seems that nothing obvious happened to cause it.

    I had a twitching eye for several days. At first you think “hmm, how curious”, then if it persists it becomes worrisome.
  11. May 24, 2003 #10
    The reason it happens is the same as why sometimes your car radio gets louder near telephone polls, or why on some old tv's you can hear telephone calls through them.

    1. A signal jumps the wire (nerve) into another wire (nerve). That's outside the brain.

    2. Inside the brain, as signal is sent to the wrong place, or the wrong signal is sent to the same place.
  12. May 25, 2003 #11
    I am unsure and only going to state what I think the cause is. I have heard though that a lack of potasium in your diet can cause this and other weird things, like cramping. I also agree that sleep,caffiene, and also the nervous system crosswired are a part of it. My suggestion is to give up caffiene, sleep as much as you can, And eat a lot of banana's. Or make a freaky video with a twinkie in one eye and a twinkle in the other.lol bad joke I know.
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