In February 1993, I began blinking excessively and uncontrollably. As it
became worse, I went to a number of eye doctors. They all agreed that my
vision was not impaired and thought the problem was dry eye and
prescribed drops. They did not help. The others thought the cause was
allergies, but it was not that either.
My Focal Eyelid Dystonia Symptoms Intensify
When I coached my sons' basketball games, I not only would miss half of
the games caused by the blinking; I would wear a baseball cap and
sunglasses to hide my eyes. When at a restaurant, my sons, sitting
opposite me, would turn away to avoid looking at my eyes twitching. They
joked about it, not realizing the discomfort and embarrassment I felt. My
wife had to do the weekend driving since I could not. The eye twitching
always seemed to intensify when I was in a moving vehicle. It did not
matter if I was driving or was a passenger. My 90 mile daily round trip to
work became a nightmare. Thankfully, I was able to avoid having any
Two Years and Not a Solution
Two years later, I was quite concerned and upset. By this time my quality
of life had become worse. Being a corporate controller, I felt my future and
familyâ€™s financial security were threatened.
In June, 1995, I found a local doctor who diagnosed my symptoms as a
rare neurological disorder called focal eyelid dystonia or blepharospasm. It
is the result of â€œfaultyâ€ brain signals sent to the optic muscles, forcing them
to contract, hence the twitching. With the cause being unknown, there
was no hope of relief. (I would later find relief by accident). It is not life-
threatening but could be debilitating. In the worst cases, the sufferer would
be considered legally blind even though their vision may be 20-20.
Injecting Botox Resulted in Some Relief
A neurologist told me that the preferred treatment was injectiing small
doses of Botox (Botulinum toxin) into the eyelids. This would later become
popular to get rid of wrinkles. I had it done, but a short time later I noticed
my eyes looked different. I then also noticed the side of my face and smile
were affected by the botox. After the second round of injections, six weeks
later, I decided to stop.
A Healthy Solution Seemed Hopeful
Several weeks later, I learned of a natural and organic whole food.
This whole food has been available for the last 30 years. I decided to try it.
When I would back out of my driveway to go to work, the spasms would
begin. They would not stop until the car was parked. Six weeks after taking
this natural health food, my wife made me realize that I had not had any
spasms all week. I said, "Could it be that the focal eyelid dystonia is caused
from a nutritional deficiency?"
The Quest to Prove That I Had Found an Alternative Solution That
I spent the next twelve years trying to convince the medical community
that I had discovered something remarkable. No one would listen.
Sometime later I was offered a double-blind study at the Wilmer Eye
Opthomological Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in
Baltimore, Maryland. I was overwhelmed and flattered. Six years later the
results of the study, where I was mentioned twice, was published. The
article appeared in The Journal of Ophthalmology, July, 2004 Issue Volume
138; Issue 1 pages 18 â€“ 32.
It was stated to me that â€œThe food is safe and I expect it to help many
more people. I would recommend it for all who wish to try it for several
The results noted that the food was safe, helped some, with no side
Am very thankful to have overcome my dystonia and am able to encourage others.
If you often feel eye twitching, you may lack of B vitamins. B vitamins play a critical role in the formation of red blood cells. If you lack of B vitamins, it will result in anemia, malaise, and fatigue. The following symptoms would lead to eye twitching. In your daily life, you can eat more foods containing B vitamins.
As we all know, eye twitches can be caused by many reasons, such as stress, fatigue, alcohol, caffeine, allergies and eye strain. But do you know that nutritional imbalances, including the lack of vitamins, also play an important in the eye twitches. As vitamins can affect the function of your muscles in our body, including the muscles around our eyes, the vitamins deficiency will cause the eye twitches, which will annoy you. I just can say the vitamins deficiency can cause the eye twitches. However, I cannot say your eye twitches is cause by the vitamins deficiency. Of course, the vitamin B12 plays an essential role in the muscles, so I can say the deficiency of vitamin B12 has something to do with the eye twitches. Meanwhile, you can solve the problem by eating something, like fish, meat and dairy products. Hope you can get rid of the eye twitches at the earliest time.
Well, generally speaking, vitamin deficiency is not related to eye twitching. So you should worry about it. But on the other hand, there are also some other factors which can lead to eye twitching. For example, Caffeine is one of two dietary factors which are linked to eye twitching. Also, drinking too much of either can lead to the involuntary spasms associated with this condition. So to treat the symptom, you should reduce the intake of beverages containing caffeine and alcohol. Besides, fatigue, stress and lack of sleep can also cause the eyelid to twitch. Getting more sleep and practicing stress management to minimize their occurrence. You may also prevent twitching by lubricating the eyes with drops, which can help revive tired eyes. Finally, eye twitching can also be caused by eye irritation. So just be careful about the irritants.