Left and Right Eyes Twitching—Superstitions and Health
Medical Causes for Twitching Eyes
Eye twitching is generally known as myokymia. The involuntary muscle contractions cause the eyes to twitch.
There are many reasons that cause such an occurrence, including stress, consumption of coffee/tea (caffeine), allergies, alcohol, or the lack of nutritious food.
Types of Eye Twitching
There are three types of eye twitching:
- Eyelid spasm
- Hemifacial spasm
Causes of Eyelid Spasms
Eyelid spasms are repeated uncontrollable blinking or twitching occurring throughout a time frame ranging anywhere from a few minutes to months (though a condition that prolonged is unlikely). They are generally harmless and painless.
Major causes are:
- lack of sleep
- caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco
Six Treatments for Eyelid Spasms
This type of eye twitch is of little concern, and will usually work itself out within a week. Try the following to expedite the process:
1. Find ways to relax.
Take a hot bath, exercise, meditate, or do something that makes you laugh.
3. Improve your diet.
Take a multivitamin to ensure that you have all the nutrients you need and stop eating processed foods. This will help with fatigue.
4. Cut out caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco from your diet.
5. Relax your eye muscles.
Soak a hand towel in warm water and apply it to your eyes in order to relax the eye muscles.
6. Avoid eye strain.
Avoid harsh lighting, television, and computer screens in order to relax the eye muscles.
What to Do if Twitching Worsens or Spreads
Both blepharospasms and hemifacial spasms are very rare. However, if the twitching worsens steadily, it may actually be a blepharospasm. Similarly, if the twitching spreads to other muscles on one side of the face, it may actually be a hemifacial spasm. In either case, see a doctor.
Superstitions About Eyelid Twitching
Oh my! My eyes are twitching! Is something bad going to happen? Is it a signal of bad health?
Believe it or not, even in today's scientific world, there are still literally millions of people who believe that eye twitching is a sign for something. The most-asked questions among this group of people are:
- Is the twitching of the left eye a bad sign?
- Is the twitching of the right eye a good sign?
Superstitions in Chinese Culture
The roots of some Chinese superstitions lie in folk stories. The following is a folk story related to eye twitching:
There was once a scholar who was heading to the Imperial City for an imperial examination. Upon arrival to the city, he found an inn where he could spend the night. He was studied the whole night in his room, and was feeling confident about the exam. Before long, it was already dawn. The scholar quickly left the inn to join the other scholars at the exam site.
However, to his surprise, he realised that the questions were of a different topic than what he studied a night before. He became really worried. Due to the lack of sleep a night before, his right eye started to twitch. Even though he tried his best to finish his exam, he failed.
So he returned home disappointed. He wanted to have a few drinks, but he had no money. He decided to go to his father to borrow some money. Surprisingly, his father willingly gave him money for alcohol. At that moment, his left eye twitched.
After a year, he took the exam again. This time, he successfully passed the exam. He was given a government position, and he started to spread the story of his experience to the public.
Hence the saying, "The twitching of the left eye signals wealth; the twitching of the right eye signals hazards."
Superstitions in Indian Culture
Indians believe the twitching of the left eye is most definitely a good omen; conversely, when your right eye is twitching, it is considered to be unpromising for your future.
The most frightening variant of this superstition is of unknown origin. This superstition believes that the twitching of the left eye signals the death of a loved one. On the other hand, the twitching of the right eye is believed to signal that a baby will be born in the near future.