How to Stop Annoying Eye Twitches

Eyelids feeling twitchy? The fancy scientific word for this condition is Blepharospasm, which comes from “blepharo” (the Greek word for eyelid) combined with “spasm” (an uncontrolled muscle contraction). These eyelid twitches, or tics, happen to many of us from time to time and can actually be hereditary. If you suffer from occasional eye twitches, chances are at least one other family member of yours does, too.

The good news is that even though having twitchy eyes is annoying, the condition is rarely serious and often goes away by itself after a few hours or after a good night’s sleep. It’s also easy to lessen the frequency and duration of twitches. Keep reading for how-to tips!

Avoid Eyestrain

Staring at a computer screen for hours on end can cause your eye muscles to protest. Try holding a hand outstretched and keep it perfectly still. It won’t be long before your arm muscles tense and protest, then begin to quiver and twitch. The same thing happens to your eye muscles if you stare too long at a screen, or if you keep your eyes focused straight ahead for hours at a time, squinting to make out glare or small print text.

Download Eyes Relax or another timer application for your computer that will remind you to take vision breaks. Also, consider a pair of computer reading glasses (more on that here) that will help with glare. For more ways to beat eyestrain, check out these 10 tips to ease the pain.


Stress can also cause eye twitches and tics, which is why they always seem to happen at the worst possible time — like just before you’re scheduled to give a presentation or need to meet a deadline. Avoid last-minute reviews of your text. The combination of normal stress and eyestrain can cause your lids to flutter awry.

Treat Your Body Right

Fatigue can definitely bring on a bout of twitchy eye, as can the overuse of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. Staying well hydrated can help mitigate their effects and keep the electrolytes that control muscle action in balance.

Stop Twitches Before They Start

Keep a bottle of artificial tears on hand and use them when your eyes start feeling scratchy due to allergens, smog, or other environmental irritants. Giving your temples an occasional finger massage can be another good source of prevention.

If the Twitching Continues

Most eye twitches are harmless. But if they last more than a few days or spread to the corner of your mouth or other facial muscles, consult your eye doctor or physician. You may have an eye infection or another treatable condition.

computer reading glasses

For even more on how to ease daily eyestrain and eye twitching, read up on these special tips on making your smartphone and tablet easier on your eyes.

4 Reasons to Wear Sun Readers

benefits of sun readers

Featured readers (L-R): The Cassandra, The Drama, The Randy, The Arizona 

Warm weather is finally here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably dreaming about a sun-drenched week at the beach, putting in this year’s vegetable garden, or maybe just setting up the hammock for a lazy Saturday with a cold drink and a good book. If you plan on spending some time outside this season, it’s a good idea to pick up a pair or two of sun readers — sunglasses with your power built in (Find them here!). Here’s why:


Since sun readers are two pairs of glasses in one, that’s one less pair you’ll have to carry and keep track of. It’s one less pair for your spouse to step on, and you don’t have to constantly swap back and forth as you switch from reading your book to viewing the scenery.


Sunglasses are a must for spring driving, but you also want to be able to read the speedometer and other gauges. Consider a pair of bifocal reading sunglasses for the car. It’s a simple matter to switch your focus between the bottom magnifying lens and the top lens for far-away vision. Please note: Do not use full frame readers while driving.


Planning an afternoon lounging beside the pool, enjoying one of our beach bag reads? The glare off the page of your book can give you a headache-inducing case of sunlight squints. Sunglasses can help, but if you use readers, your best choice is a pair of polarized full frame readers. The polarized lenses will help reduce the glare caused by the sun bouncing off the page or ebook reader. With full frame readers, the entire lens is magnified. This creates a wider line of vision, so you don’t have to move your head from side to side as you read.


Do you really want to wear those dull gray-framed winter readers with your Hawaiian shirt or that new swimsuit it took you a month to find? You’ve assembled quite a warm-weather wardrobe, so why not complete your look with a pair or two of these bold and beautiful reading sunglasses?

For more information on buying the right reading sunglasses for you, click here.

The Lowdown on Eco-Friendly Readers

We all know the basics of reduce, reuse, recycle. A lot of folks, however, don’t think tossing those old newspapers, cans, and plastic bottles into the recycling bin can make a lasting impact. But when it comes to going green, little things like wearing eco-friendly accessories and recycling your readers can add up and make a huge difference!

Eco-Friendly Readers

About Eco-Friendly Readers

We’re proud to offer a selection of readers and sun readers made from recycled plastics and materials — shop them here! These reading glasses are just as light, durable, and value-priced as our standard readers, and they’ll put an eco-friendly smile on your face. Want something with a bit more flair?  We also have readers made from sustainable bamboo. Check out the Sarasota Recycled Sun Reader. The metal hinges are nickel and lead-free — a fashionable, hypoallergenic alternative.

Sarasota Sun Reader

The Sarasota Recycled Sun Reader >

Recycling Your Readers

When it’s time for spring cleaning, don’t toss those old, out-of-style readers in the trash or recycling bin. Give them a second useful life by donating them to one of these great organizations: 

All of these philanthropies help fight against the vision care crisis by donating to children, women, and men in need of a pair of glasses! Learn more about how you can help on our Give Back page.

Facts on Going Green

Some of these might surprise you!

  • Recycling a single aluminum can saves enough energy to power a 100-watt light bulb for nearly four hours. A single plastic bottle would light up the room even longer.

  • Americans use more than 2 million plastic bottles every hour. Unfortunately, only 27% of them are currently recycled.

  • The benefits of recycling aren’t limited to just saving energy and natural resources. Recycling and reuse create six to ten times more jobs than landfill management and incineration.

  • Plastic recyclables can be transformed into any number of useful products, including fabrics, toys, park benches, and even a pair of reading glasses!

How are you going green this spring? Share your tips for living an eco-friendly lifestyle on our Facebook page!

Making Screen Time Easy on the Eyes

You only really meant to read a quick text message that came in on your smartphone. But the message was from your daughter, telling you how well your granddaughter did at her dance recital. Then there was a Facebook link, your own Facebook page, and your email — and by then, things were starting to get a bit blurry.

You don’t have to sacrifice healthy vision to enjoy your portable device! Just follow these five tips to keep those Facebook pictures (and that good book you’re reading on your Kindle) looking sharp and clear.

How to Ease Eyestrain while Using Technology


According to Dr. Jeffrey Anshel, noted optometrist and author of Smart Medicine for Your Eyes: A Guide to Natural, Effective, and Safe Relief of Common Eye Disorders, when we look at portable screens, we often squint to get a better look, and consequently, we blink only half as much as normal. This can cause your eyes to get dry and scratchy. Just like your yoga instructor keeps reminding you to breathe, don’t forget to open your eyes wide and blink occasionally, too.

The Rule of 10/10/10

Every ten minutes or so, pry those peepers away from that tiny screen and gaze at an object at least ten feet away for at least ten seconds. This lets your eyes refocus and can help relax them.

Enjoy the Landscape

Most portable devices offer you the choice to read the screen in portrait mode (long side top to bottom) or in landscape mode (long side left to right). Landscape mode will require more scrolling to work your way down that Facebook page, but the text will be larger and easier on the eyes. Usually all you need to do is turn the device a quarter turn to enable landscape mode. If this doesn’t work, check your device’s settings — you may have inadvertently locked portrait mode in place.

Protect Your Eyes and Your Screen

If glare is your problem, consider a pair of computer readers designed to help minimize eye strain caused by too much screen time. A screen protector can also help. These clear, durable films not only help cut the glare, they can also prevent that annoying scratch in the corner of your screen that keeps drawing your attention away from your reading.

Automatic vs. Manual

Most smartphones and tablets adjust the backlight automatically, but this may not always give you the correct level. Check your device’s settings menu for a brightness control, and consider raising the setting in a bright environment and lowering it while reading in bed at night. You may also want to scale up your font size. Again, this will lead to more scrolling, but your eyes will thank you!

For more on eyestrain prevention, click here. To learn how blue light (the kind of light your electronic devices put off) impacts your eyes, read here.

5 Helpful Tips for Wearing Reading Glasses

“My arms are getting too short!” It’s a common complaint among those of us over forty, as we begin to hold books and magazines further and further away to read them. We’re getting farsighted, and as much as we might try to fight it, it’s time to invest in a pair of reading glasses.

Sure, you can grab a random pair from the drug store rack and hope for the best — but there’s a tried and true system to finding your go-to pairs. Read on and learn a few quick tricks for selecting readers best suited to your needs and style: 

5 tips for wearing reading glasses

1. Start with the strength

Reading glasses come in several different strengths, which increase by .25 diopters. Don’t just guess at which will work best for you. Instead, download and print this handy reading test card, also called a Diopter Test. Scan the rows of words, ranging from small to large, and choose your corresponding prescription. If you fall between sizes, shop for readers that are the next size down — never up. And don’t forget to take off your current reading glasses before taking the test.

2. Choose the right lens type

Full frame lenses are best for reading for long stretches without removing your glasses. Half frames that perch lower on your nose Ben Franklin-style allow you to more easily go back and forth between reading and focusing on objects further away, which can appear blurry in full frame lenses. You can also have the best of both worlds with a pair of bifocals, which combine reading lenses at the bottom with clear glass at the top.

3. Find a frame for your face shape

Your reading glasses can flatter as well as function if you pick the right frame shape for your face. Have an oval face?  You’ve hit the jackpot. Nearly any style frame will look good on you.  Square, round, and heart-shaped faces have to work a bit harder. Here’s an interactive Guide for Glasses and Face Shapes that can help!

4. Make ‘em last

Avoid scratches by storing your reading glasses in a case (find a few of our favorites here). Never put them on or take them off with just one hand; this stresses the hinges more than if you slip them on and off with both hands. Pushing them out of the way and on top of your head can also stretch and bend the frames out of shape, and think how foolish you’ll look when you ask your spouse, “Have you seen my glasses?”

5. Spread ‘em around

Reading glasses cost so much less than prescription lenses and frames; however, owners tend to misplace them often! Keep a pair handy on your bedside table, another in your briefcase or purse, a pair in your family room, and another in the kitchen. That way, they’re always around when you need them most! Different styles will work better for different activities, too. A pair of half frames might be just the ticket for glancing down at your cookbook, while computer readers are best for long days spent at your desk or for nighttime tablet browsing.

For even more tips, be sure to check out our Glasses Guide!