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Eyelid twitching and it feels like there is something in eye

Question

My Left eyelid has been twitching for a few months now and it feels like there is something in my eye, should I book a doctors appointment or an appointment at Specsavers?

Answer Written answer:

At the opticians would be better as they have specific equipment for examining the front of the eye in great detail. Small foreign bodies are very difficult to see with the naked eye, but can cause a great deal of discomfort. You may not have a foreign body but some corneal erosion or other issue. Twitching eyelids are very common and do not normally indicate anything wrong. It should eventually subside.

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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