For the last 3 or 4 months the lower eyelid of my left eye has been twitching. Luckily it has not been severe, but it is a bit annoying when I get down to shoot. Has anyone else dealt with this or know of any remedies. I made a doctor's appointment but thought I would post here in case some one else has been through this. Any help would be appreciated.
I've experienced this twitching problem a few times. In the medical profession it's called Blepharospasm.
Blepharospasm is thought to be caused by an abnormal functioning of certain nerve areas located at the base of the brain which control the coordination of muscle movements. For most people it appears without any real known cause. Oftentimes, it is accompanied by dryness of the eyes, either just before or, during an episode of twitching.
Dry eye can function as a trigger for the condition. Certain medications can sometimes cause eye twitching as a side effect. Blepharospasm can also be brought on by stress, lack of sleep, fatigue, eye irritation, prolonged staring at a computer monitor or TV, and /or nervous system disorders.
Schedule an appointment with an Ophthalmologist (not an optometrist), he or she will be best able to diagnose and help you correct the problem.
In the meantime try getting more rest, and reduce your stress level (meditation works well for me). I also recommend you get some really good lubricant eye drops (I use Systane Ultra from Alcon Laboratories and they work great). If you wear contacts do not insert the drops while wearing your lenses (you can use them if you put them in a few minutes before putting on your contacts). Also if you wear contacts always bring some rewetting / lubricant solution with you when you are out and about (I use Bausch and Lomb ReNu Multiplus).
BTW, I take a nutritional supplement made specifically for promoting good eye health, this supplement is called Claroxan and lots of target shooters swear by it. Here's a link: http://www.claroxan.com/default.aspx