Eyeball Twitching

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.


  • M. Williams  On March 5, 2011 at 3:51 am

    I had nystagmous after having a stroke. Eventually it went away. I also know someone who always has it when having a seizure. Sometimes medications can cause it, I’m told.

  • Maggie  On March 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I think this is what happens to me when I get anxiety attacks or am fatigued. It seems like my eyeballs are palpitating just as my heart would during an anxiety attack. It’s scary but I just hope it’s just due to anxiety and nothing more serious. Will go for eye exam soon.

  • cheyanne  On April 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    i am a 14 year old girl that has my eye ball twitching since i was 7, and and i have never been under the influence of alcohol or drugs. My optometrist said that if i ever had some type of surgery that there is a chance that it would come back. I don’t remember what he said but the word started with a O and was verrry long so i couldn’t tell you.

  • deb  On July 12, 2011 at 1:14 am

    I had a head injury (fractured skull) last year and since then every day or so I get an involuntary twitching, side to side, of both eyeballs. Its uncontrollable and I never know when it will happen. Its really bizarre. Wondering if its serious.

  • Linda  On July 12, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Nystagmus can also be a sign of a vestibular (balance) problem/disorder. If u have nystagmus get it checked out by your GP as soon as possible.

  • Tiffany  On August 11, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I was recently diagnosed with the disorder of Supior oblique Myokymia. I have had this problem since junior high. Basically its when one eye twitches out of control and without warning. Its almost 24/7. It prevents me from driving or reading. Im glad its not more serious however and am thankful its not worse.

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