Also known as eyelid twitching (myokymia), eye twitching is an involuntary eyelid muscle contraction, which typically affects your upper and lower eyelids, not your actual eyeball.
An eye twitch happens to everyone and is usually not so serious. It comes and goes with just a minor annoyance and without any adverse effects.
It is the “largely harmless and poorly understood by science” phenomenon and is officially classified as benign essential blepharospasm (BEB).
The common causes of the eyelid twitch are a lack of sleep, dry eyes, stress, allergies, poor diet, low magnesium in the body, or too much caffeine intake.
It usually lasts for a couple of minutes. But, if it persists for a longer time, it could perhaps be a different condition, and you should consult your doctor.
Eye Twitching Superstitions
Eye twitching superstitions exist around the world. Some people take these myths more as fun stories to discuss, but in some societies, these eye twitching superstitions still remain as part of their culture.
In different cultures, the eye twitch is supposed to have a spiritual meaning, omen, or just a mere superstition.
Right eye twitching in men and the left eye twitching in women is a portent of good luck. The exact opposite i.e. the left eye twitch in men and the right eye twitch in women is also believed to be a sign of good fortune in some parts of the world.
Today, we will explain about most common right and left eye twitching superstitions that prevail in the civilized human societies of the twenty-first century.
The bad news about theses popular myths is that they do not have scientific evidence to support them, and the good news is that you have the freedom whether to believe these eye twitching superstitions or to discard them.
Let’s get started so you can learn about some of the most well-known and interesting eye twitching superstitions.
Eye Twitching Superstitions in India and Nepal
The eye twitching topic is discussed numerous times in Hindu scripture. According to Hindu mythology, when a god has an eye twitch, it signifies important omen for future events.
Depending on region and religion, there are several eye twitching superstitions that prevail in India, Nepal, and other south Asian countries.
Eye twitching superstition is based on the gender of a person having eye twitch. Right eye twitching is a sign of good luck for men and a portent of bad omen for women. Similarly, left eye twitching in women is considered a good sign whereas it is bad luck for men.
These myths are also based on which part of the eye is twitching.
- You will soon get some money if the upper part of your eye twitches
- It’s a symbol of good fortune if the pupil twitches
- You will soon spend a lot of money if the lower eyelid twitches
- You will receive bad news soon if your upper eyelid twitches
- To have your eyebrow twitching means you will receive good news soon. It also indicates the new birth that is going to happen soon.
African nations Cameroon and Nigeria have several common eye twitching superstitions. It signifies bad luck if you have left eye twitching.
If you have persistent twitching of the lower eyelid, it is believed that you will soon be shedding tears. Likewise, if the upper eyelid twitches, it’s a sign you will meet someone unexpectedly.
Many Trinidadians in the West Indies and many Cubans believe in “eye jumping” superstitions. They colloquially term involuntary eye spasm (eye twitching) as “eye jumping”. It has different meanings based on which eye is affected.
Right eye twitching superstitions-signs of good luck
If your right eye jumps, one or more of the following may happen:
- you will meet someone you haven’t seen for a long time
- someone is currently praising you
- you will hear good news
Left eye twitching superstitions-signs of bad luck
If your left eye jumps, one or more of the following may happen:
- someone you like is in trouble
- someone you like is doing something bad behind your back
- you will hear bad news
In Hawaii, eyes twitching is supposed to signal the arrival of a stranger or mourning.
Left eye twitching superstition
-If you have left eye twitching, it indicates the demise in the family.
Right eye twitching superstition
-The twitching right eye indicates a new birth in the family.
In Egypt, if you have the right eye twitching, you will hear good news because the right side is the symbol of peace and angels. In contrast, if your left eye twitches, you will receive unpleasant news as the left side symbolizes evils.
There is a Chinese eyelid twitching superstition that is “左眼跳财， 右眼跳灾” ／ “左吉,右凶”, meaning that if your left eye twitches, it indicates good luck or major gold rush, while if your right eye twitches, it is an indication of bad fortune.
Similarly, there are assumptions on eye twitching causes and superstitions. The lower eyelid twitching means you will soon cry or someone is talking bad about you.
The Chinese eye twitching superstitions for both right and left eyes are based on the time of day at which the twitching occurs.
As the time of a day symbolizes a specific animal of the Chinese zodiac sign, the superstition is also correlated to the nature of the animal. The superstitions of the right eye and left eye twitching at a different time of the day are mentioned in the table:
|Time of Day||Right Eye Twitching Superstitions||Left Eye Twitching Superstitions|
|23:00-1:00hrs||You’ll join a party or a feast.||It is a good fortune. A Nobleman will come to visit you.|
|1:00-3:00 hrs||It means there is someone thinking about you.||You will have to face a problem and you will be worried.|
|3:00-5:00 hrs||A good family event will occur.||A distant friend will come to visit you.|
|5:00-7:00 hrs||Everything will run according to your plan.||Someone you care about and who is away for a while will visit you.|
|7:00-9:00 hrs||You will have an injury or you will lose something important.||A close friend living far away will soon visit you.|
|9:00-11:00 hrs||There is a chance of an argument.||You will join a party or a feast.|
|11:00-13:00 hrs||Do good and charitable deeds.||You will receive the reward of your hard work.|
|13:00-15:00 hrs||You will be happy for achieving small success.||Take any opportunity on your path.|
|15:00-17:00 hrs||You will be remembering your loved one.||Loss of money in gambling.|
|17:00-19:00 hrs||You need to provide assistance to your close friend.||A distant friend will seek your help.|
|19:00-21:00 hrs||Chances of unexpected gain.||You will have an argument with others.|
|21:00-23:00 hrs||Chances of lawsuit problems.||Time for a family get-together.|
What does it mean to have right eye twitching?
Most of the people around the world believe that when you have the right eye twitching it’s a good sign. So, the twitching of upper and lower eyelids of right eye means:
You have creative potential
Right eye jumping or twitching means you are a very creative person. You haven’t exposed or utilized the full potential preserved inside you and you are still looking for a way to express your creativity.
You have big goals
The spiritual meaning of right eye twitching is that you have a big dream and you are working on it. But you have not told anyone about your specific plan.
You are intelligent
Right eye twitching tells the fact that you are a very intelligent person with high IQ or various college degrees. Likewise, you have the potential to think differently than most people around you.
What does it mean to have left eye twitching?
Most of the left eye twitching superstitions believe that it is a sign of bad luck.
You think about the past
If your left eye twitch, this could be a sign that you worry about the past a lot. It means you are not forgiving or forgetting someone from the past.
You care what others think
You think about others’ opinions about you because you don’t like to disappoint others. To make others happy, you are giving much time to others and forgetting about yourself.
There is no exact cause of eye twitching and it is yet to be fully understood by science. Superstitions, however, can be a source of comfort and reaffirmation. They are persistent and they will survive time and travel.
What are the causes of eye twitching?
Eye twitching or myokymia is a result of repetitive and involuntary eyelid muscle contractions. Several factors trigger eye twitching or eye spasms
Common causes of eye twitching are:
- eye irritation
- corneal abrasion
Eye twitching can be annoying sometimes. So, to get rid of it, use lubricating eye drops to keep your eyes hydrated. Similarly, consider to reduce stress in your life, get more sleep, stay away from alcohol, and caffeine drinks, and take good care of your health.
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