Providing Quality Eyewear and Eye Exams for San Jose
Our eye doctors at Milpitas Optometric Group are dedicated to providing personalized medical eye care, the finest quality eyewear, and unsurpassed customer service. Whether you need an eye exam, contact lens fitting or wish to be screened for a condition like glaucoma, we can help.
Dr. Gary Stocker, Dr. Chris Kavanagh, Dr. Susan Gordon, Dr. Nicole Pham and Dr. Collin Lee, believe that getting the right prescription involves balancing several factors, including an effective eye exam, clear eyesight, visual efficiency, and your ability to seamlessly process visual information.
Looking for an eye doctor in Milpitas, Fremont or San Jose?
From our conveniently located office in Milpitas, Milpitas Optometric Group has been serving Milpitas and the greater San Jose and Fremont areas for 30 years. Whether you need a routine eye examination, an eyeglasses fitting or treatment for eye disease (such as glaucoma or macular degeneration) or eye surgery (such as LASIK or cataract surgery), our optometrists will provide you with the very best care, advice, and treatment. Schedule an appointment at (408) 263-2040 to see how we can help you get the best prescription for your eyes.
Q&A with Dr. P
Dr. Nicole Pham Answers Your Eyecare Questions
Why does my eye twitch?
Sometimes your eyelid twitches. It is rarely uncomfortable, but it can be irritating. It can make you wonder if there is really something wrong. Generally, there isn’t. Eyelid twitches (or blepharospasm) are involuntary muscle movements that happen in one or both eyelids. Mild occurrences are common. Researchers have speculated on several causes -- including stress, tiredness, eyestrain, caffeine/alcohol, dry eyes, allergies, and nutritional imbalances. What to do?
- Stress-- Reducing the cause of the stress can help make the twitching stop.
- Tiredness-- catching up on your sleep can help.
- Eye strain-- Computer eyestrain from overuse of computers, tablets and smartphones can cause eyestrain, leading to lid twitches. You should consider talking to your eye doctor about special computer glasses.
- Caffeine and alcohol--If your caffeine (coffee, tea, soda, etc.) and/or alcohol consumption has increased, cutting back is worth a try.
- Dry eyes-- More than half of the older population experiences dry eyes, due to aging. Dry eyes are also very common for people who use computers, take certain medications (antihistamines, antidepressants, etc.), or wear contact lenses. It’s best to see your eye doctor for a dry eye evaluation, because many treatments are now available.
- Allergies--People with eye allergies can have itching, swelling and watery eyes. When eyes are rubbed, this releases histamine into the lid tissues and the tears. Some evidence indicates that histamine can cause eyelid twitching. Antihistamine eye drops or tablets can help some lid twitches. However, antihistamines can also cause dry eyes. Therefore, it’s best to work with your eye doctor to make sure you are doing the right thing for your eyes.
- Nutritional imbalances--Some reports indicate lack of certain nutritional substances, such as magnesium, can trigger eyelid spasms. Talking to a family doctor for expert advice rather than randomly buying over-the-counter nutritional products is advised.
See your eye doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment if the twitching affects half of your entire face, causing the eyelids to shut, or those that will not go away.
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