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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    How can I best manage an eye tic?

    The eye tic came on following the birth of my first child ten years ago. At that stage I was juggling part time work, study and a small baby. Although the stress of this time has now gone, the eye tic continues to be prevalent. I have seen a psychologist and a neurologist who used unsuccessfully a course of botulin to relax the muscles around the eye.

    I manage my sleep well and exercise most days of the week. I eat a healthy diet and drink approximately 2-3 glasses of wine per week. I also have a supportive and loving partner.

    I would like to understand why the eye tic has continued and would welcome ideas on how it can be managed. I would welcome the idea of hypnosis as a treatment.
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    I have thirty years in private practice as an optometrist at the same location in Leichhardt and have done four postgraduate courses pertaining to Diseases … View Profile

    Eyelid twitch may be associated with general tiredness, stress, allergy, excessive caffeine intake, “dry eye”, or magnesium deficiency.
    Treatment options include relaxation, oral or topical antihistamine, reducing caffeine intake, lubricating eyedrops, hot compresses, magnesium dietary supplementation.
    Magnesium supplementation may be achieved by either tablets (600mg per day) or from food rich in the element eg dairy products, leafy green vegetables (eg spinach), or fruit (eg banana).

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