Eye twitching also known eyelid twitching is a common eye problem. When your eye twitches, your eyelid, usually the upper one, blinks and you can’t make it stop. Sometimes it affects both eyes. The lid moves every few seconds for a minute or two.
These twitches normally affect the lower eyelid but in some cases the upper lid can also twitch. Mostly eye twitches don’t last long but sometimes they can be really persistent and annoying.
Different cultures from all over the world have different superstitions regarding eye twitching.
If you are curious to know what eye twitching signifies according to different cultural superstitions, read on
Meaning of Eye Twitches in Different Cultures
1. Chinese eye twitching superstitions
The Chinese have a very detailed and comprehensive list of what eye twitches could mean based on the time of the day it happens.
|Time||Left Eye (Spiritual Meaning)||Right Eye (Spiritual Meaning)|
11 p.m to 1 a.m:
|It means you might receive good fortune or a noble man might come to see you.||It means that you might be invited to a feast or a party.|
1 a.m to 3 a.m
|It means problems could arise in your life and leave you overwhelmed.||It means that someone might be thinking of you.|
3 a.m to 5 a.m
|It means that a distant friend might come and visit you.||It means that there could be memorable and happy events happening in your life.|
5 a.m to 7 a.m
|It means that a special and long lost friend that you have not seen for a long time will come and see you.||It means that you are in good fortune and everything will go smoothly as planned.|
7 a.m to 9 a.m
|It means that a close friend or relative might come and meet you.||It is not a favorable time and chances of accidents are high so be careful.|
9 a.m to 11 a.m
|It means that someone might treat you but also keep in mind that it will be a favor in return.||Be safe while driving as chances of a mishap is higher.|
11 a.m to 1 p.m
|This is a good time where you can expect reward from your hard work and enjoy fulfillment in your life||It is a good time to do good karma and charitable deeds.|
1 p.m to 3 p.m
|It is a good and favorable time and everything will go as planned so take the opportunities as they come along.||You will be in a good mood and delighted over small successes coming over your way.|
3 p.m to 5 p.m
|It is not a favorable time and there are chances that you might lose money so stay away from high risk activities during this time.||You could be thinking of your loved one.|
5 p.m to 7 p.m
|You will be approached for your help from your closed one, so extend your assistance within your means.||Same as the left eye meaning but here the call could be from a distant relative or friend instead of close loved ones.|
7 p.m to 9 p.m
|It is the time when you could get lose temper and have arguments with others. So, watch your temper and try to stay calm.||This means that good luck might fall upon you and you might gain unexpected fortune.|
9 p.m to 11 p.m
|This is a good time for spending time with your loved ones and family get together.||Take great caution while signing contracts to avoid any future problems.11 p.m to 1 a.m:|
2. Indian eye twitching superstitions
Many Indian superstitions also assign different meanings to eye twitches.
Right eye twitching
According to Indian superstitions, twitching of your right eye is a good sign. It means that you might have good fortune coming up. Therefore if your right eye twitches before a big life event, like job interview or presentation, it might turn out in your favor.
Left eye twitching
According to Indian superstition, left eye twitching has different meaning based on the gender.
If a woman’s left eye is twitching, it is a positive sign and an indication of good fortune but if a man’s left eye is twitching, it is considered as a bad omen.
3. Hawaii eye twitching
Hawaiian culture also has few superstitions based on eye twitches.
Left eye twitching
According to Hawaiian superstitions, if your left eye twitches, you can expect a visit from a stranger. However, if your left eye twitches persistently and very often, a death may be coming in the family.
Right eye twitching
According to Hawaiian superstitions, twitching of your right eye could mean that there will be a new child born in the family.
4. Africa superstitions
There are many different cultures in Africa and many have different superstitions. However, the two cultures that have superstitions related to eye twitches are Cameroonians and the Nigerians.
Left eye twitching
The Cameroonians believe that twitching of the left eye mostly lead to an event that will bring tears to you. The Nigerians believe that if your left eye twitches, it could bring misfortune. It could be any misfortune like loss of money or job or loved ones.
Right eye twitching
According to Cameroonians, if your right eye twitches, it might mean that an unexpected visitor will meet you.
Non-superstitious Eye Twitching Causes
If you’re someone who is not into superstitions and want to find out the causes of eye twitches that are non-superstitious, read on.
Eye twitching can also be triggered due to the following causes:
Stress is the probably the most common cause of eye twitching and any methods of alleviating stress can help to alleviate eye twitching.
Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, spending time with friends and pursuing hobbies, going on a retreat and including regular breaks in your schedule are few of the ways that can help to reduce stress and alleviate eye twitching.
Lack of sleep and constant fatigue can also trigger eye twitching.
It is important to take proper rest and sleep for continuous 6 to 8 hours every night to avoid fatigue.
3) Eye Strain
Eye twitching can also be triggered due to eye strain caused due to too much time spent on digital eye screens.
It is very important to take regular breaks from your digital devices like laptops, tablets or smart phones.
Make it a point to look way from your screens every twenty minutes and allow your eyes to focus on a distant object for few seconds.
You can also get computer eye glasses to relieve digital eye strain.
4) Caffeine and Alcohol
Too much caffeine and alcohol can also lead to eye twitching.
Try to reduce your intake of tea, coffee, beer, liquor or any soft drinks and see if the eye twitching gets alleviated.
5) Dry eyes
A lot of people also suffer from dry eyes, which can lead to eye twitching.
Dry eyes are also common among people over 50 years of age and those who overuse laptops, computers and smart phones or who take certain medications like antihistamines or antidepressants, or consume excessive caffeine or alcohol.
If you suffer from eye twitching and have dry eyes, you can see a eye doctor for dry eye evaluation. Restoring moisture to the eyes can alleviate eye twitching and reduce the chances of its re-occurrence in future.
7) Nutritional deficiencies
Eye twitching can also be triggered due to nutritional deficiencies such as magnesium.
If you are concerned that your eye twitching is due to a nutritional deficiency, you can consult a nutritionist and improve your lifestyle and diet.
Sometimes eye twitching can also be caused due to allergies.
You can consult a eye doctor to consult for any allergies, you might have.
Sometimes just making minor changes in your lifestyle and diet can alleviate the condition of eye twitching. However, if your eye twitching is persistent, it could be due to a serious underlying neurological condition. It’s best to take expert medical advice if the problem persists.