It has come to my attention that many people suffer from another form of eye twitching unrelated to the eyelids. This eyeball twitching side to side is known as nystagmus. A good way to understand what is meant by this is to imagine being in a car traveling down the road and looking at telephone poles or other objects pass by. Your eyeball will follow the object and then “snap back” and focus on the next object. This is a normal and healthy physical capability of our eyes but sometimes it occurs at times where it is both unneeded and unwanted. It’s also possible for this form of eyeball twitching to occur horizontally, vertically, and even diagonally.
One of the first things you should understand about this ailment is that is occurs regularly when under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. If you’re experiencing this type of eyeball twitch after drinking a lot of alcohol it’s more than likely nothing to worry about. In fact, this is a common aspect of many field sobriety checks where they shine the flashlight into your eyes. They’re actually looking for exactly this type of side to side eyeball movement.
If you’re experiencing nystagmus in your day to day life then it’s important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. There are a lot of possible eyeball twitching causes and many are serious. Eyeball twitching can be a sign of neurological diseases or disorders and so it’s important to take this seriously and seek professional medical help. In the same way that eyelid twitching is a symptom of another underlying problem so is eyeball twitching. Once your doctor has identified the underlying problem treatment could be as easy as a vitamin supplement in some cases so don’t delay getting checked out.