There you are, minding your own business, when your eye starts to spasm out of control. It’s a very annoying feeling which can persist for hours. But is there any cause for alarm? Trinidadians have quite a rich collection of superstitions concerning jumping eyes. For instance, if your right eye jumps, you are going to hear good news, and if your left eye jumps, you are going to hear bad news. Superstitions aside, the short answer is that a twitching eye is totally fine, although in some exceptional cases it may underlie a neurological condition.
1. Bloated tummy 腹胀
Eye spasm is characterized by the spontaneous contractions of muscle without muscular atrophy or weakness. You might have experienced an involuntary muscle spasm in your knee or elbow. The same can happen to the orbicularis oculi muscle (the muscle in the face that closes the eyelids).
A staggering 70 percent of us have reported suffering from regular bloating.
"Yuppie flu" is a 1980s name for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)， reflecting the skeptical way the disease was first viewed. Medical experts now know that yuppie flu is a real condition that can seriously affect quality of life and health for half a year or longer。
Eye spams are typically unilateral, occurring in one of the lower eyelids. Sometimes, both eyelids may be involved but the fascicular contractions of each eyelid is independent of each other. The transient and intermittent twitching is semi-rhythmic at a rate of 3-8 Hz.
Your body is basically trying to tell you you're not digesting your food properly or that you have a food allergy or intolerance such as to wheat or lactose.
People with yuppie flu generally complain of fatigue that doesn't improve with rest and means they must reduce their activity level by less than half or more of what they would normally do。
In the majority of cases, eyelid spasms are no cause for concern. These are usually self-limiting and benign, so medical intervention is typically unnecessary. Very rarely, eyelid myokymia may occur as a precursor of hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm, Meige syndrome, spastic-paretic facial contracture, and multiple sclerosis.
'Other common causes of bloating include hormonal issues, candida, constipation, too much sugar or booze, stress, dysbiosis (an imbalance between the good and bad bacteria in our digestive tract) or IBS,' said nutritionist Rick Hay.
Patients with this condition have fevers that may come and go, muscle and joint aches, or feelings of weakness in the muscles. Sore throats are frequently reported, headaches may occur, and the lymph nodes can be sore and tender. Depression or anxiety can develop with these symptoms。
Simply eating too much at once can also dilute down the acid in our stomach, rendering it unable to start breaking down the food efficiently.
The exact cause of the condition isn't yet known, but there are standard and treatments which may prove helpful in recovery。
This is the number-one reason for a twitching eye, according to ophthalmologists. When we’re under a lot of pressure, the body releases stress hormones (cortisol) which triggers a “fight or flight” response. One immediate consequence is muscle arousal, which may affect eyelid muscles as well. This may be a good time to see your friends, unwind, or meditate in order to reduce the stress that might be causing the twitching eye.
Furthermore, enzymes that act optimally at a lower, more acidic pH, cannot function as well which means that food remains only partially digested and needs to be broken down further.
This is usually done by bacteria in the gut and the consequent fermentation process results in the release of gases that may also cause bloating.
Not getting enough sleep or working too much overtime may cause your eye to complain. Scientists aren’t sure why, but they’ve found that getting more rest will make the symptoms subside.
贰. Red inflamed skin and acne 红肿的肌肤和粉刺
Dry eyes 眼干涩
According to a 2013 review, the causes of skin inflammation and acne are many and will vary from person to person.
More and more people work office jobs that involve a lot of sitting and staring at a computer screen. This sort of lifestyle can lead to dry eye syndrome (DES), also known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS). Dry eye syndrome is caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication and moisture on the surface of the eye. When our eyes are too dry, they might involuntarily start twitching to keep them moisturized. This repeated blinking can trick the brain into making one or both eyes twitch even more. To avoid DES, use eye drops if you use the computer for more than seven hours a day and make sure to look away from the screen at least once every 20 minutes.
However, the most common causes are often hormone-related. The review explains that testosterone is the hormone that promotes acne the most so acne is a big issue for males and teenage boys in particular.
Caffeine and alcohol 咖啡因和酒精
Caffeine and alcohol have seemingly polar effects on the body. One is a stimulant while the other is an inhibitor — but both can bring a twitching eye when used in excess. It’s important to stay hydrated and to avoid real or artificial sugars when this happens.
But women also tend to get acne flare ups about one week before their menstruation starts due to a dip in oestrogen levels which, funnily enough, prevent the development of acne.
Mineral deficiencies 贫乏矿物质
'When you get acne, your body may also be trying to alert you to an underlying hormonal or digestive disturbance,' said Mr Hay.
A jumping eye might be triggered by magnesium deficiency. If the twitch persists, it’s a good idea to get your magnesium levels checked with a simple blood test. If you really are magnesium deficient, you should focus on eating more foods like almonds, oatmeal, or spinach. You can also take magnesium supplements to meet daily Mg needs.
'It could also be a result of liver imbalance, poor diet especially if you eat too much carbohydrate, stress and allergies amongst other things.'
Eyelid infection 眼睑感染
Blepharitis occurs when bacteria infect your eyelids, causing inflammation and redness. This makes the muscles around the eye twitchy. Other symptoms include burning or stinging eyes, dandruff at the base of the eye, and grittiness. The treatment of blepharitis should begin with a visit with your eye doctor to determine the cause of your sore, red, itchy eyelids. Eyelid hygiene is very helpful to treat and control blepharitis, and a good place to begin is applying a wet clean warm compress to melt any blocked residue around the eyelid. Repeat this several times a day.
Red inflamed acne with a white discharge is usually indicative of excess carbohydrate consumption and bacterial overgrowth.
叁. 惠特e coating on the tongue 舌苔发白
A thin white coating on the tongue can be indicative of digestive disturbances such as microbiome imbalance, iron or B vitamin deficiency and possibly diabetes.
'In the case of iron and vitamin B deficiency it is quite likely you will be feeling constantly tired,' Mr Hay said.
'Thick, white spots on the tongue that look like pus are more likely to be oral thrush, leukoplakia, or oral lichen planus.
教育资讯，4. Vertical and horizontal nail ridges 指甲上的横纹或竖纹**
Healthy looking nails should be smooth, curved, with a shine to them and have no spots.
The thing about nails is that they can cause potentially serious self-image and self-esteem harm.
Nail ridges themselves are nothing to be overly concerned about as far as physical health goes but if untreated, they can pose a social problem.
'That is not to say, however, that you shouldn't have them checked out by your GP just to be on the safe side,' Mr Hay said.
5. Cold sores and mouth ulcers 流行性腮腺炎和口内溃疡
'For starters, mouth ulcers are found on the inside of the mouth on the gums, tongue and inner cheeks whereas cold sores develop on the outside on the lips.
'Most importantly, whilst mouth ulcers are indicative of a weakening immune system, they are non-contagious.
'Cold sores on the other hand are a manifestation of a dormant viral infection which flares up whenever our immune system becomes compromised for whatever reason.
'They often start popping up as the weather gets colder and in times of stress both of which can weaken our body's innate protective systems.'
Vertical ridges - not horizontal - can be a sign of anaemia or even rheumatoid arthritis, Medical News Today reports.
陆. Yellowing of the eyes and/or skin 眼白或皮肤发黄
'Whereas yellowing of the skin may be attributed to an excess intake of beta carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C, in which case it usually poses no threat, yellowing of the eyes is usually observed in people whose livers may be in trouble.
'Jaundice occurs when a compound called bilirubin builds up in the body.
'The yellowing of the skin or eyes can be symptomatic of something more serious but they are all fundamentally either directly or indirectly related to the health status of the liver.'
According to the NHS, jaundice can be caused by gallstones, alcoholic liver disease, pancreatitis, hepatitis, sickle cell, amongst others.
7. Eye twitches 眼皮跳
If your eyes keep on twitching every now again out of nowhere, your body is trying to tell you that your nervous system is not very happy.
But don't panic, eye twitches are rarely a sign of anything to be concerned about and more often than not will stop by themselves.
'Electrolyte imbalance and the hydration status of your body are quite often the culprits of nerve spasms and these can be easily fixed,' Mr Hay said.
Eye twitches can also signify a magnesium deficiency.
A recent article published in June this year on the scientific journal?Nutrients?by the American University of Washington reported that 'from a neurological standpoint, magnesium plays an essential role in nerve transmission and neuromuscular conduction.'
Magnesium is essential to nerve signal function, which is why lacking it could be causing your eye twitches.