Eye Twitch – What Does It Mean?

My left eye has been twitching for the past couple of days. Even though it doesn’t usually affect me it was beginning to get rather irritating. So I decided to look into the reasons why this happens.

Funny enough I realized that many different cultures actually have superstitious beliefs about this occurrence which signifies either good or bad luck, depending on your gender and which eye is twitching.

For instance in India, if the left eye twitches for a woman, it is a sign of good luck.

While on the other hand it means quite the opposite in Nigeria, if the left eye twitches it is bad luck in general.

The Malays believed that a twitching right eye means there’s a chance of visiting someone you haven’t met in a long time. A twitch on the left eye means they will cry.

If you ask me this is all too confusing so I am going with the scientific explanation.

Some say it could be a cause of lack of potassium or caused by stress and insomnia.

According to Eye Health Wealth Web eye twitching can run in families, or it can be caused by the side effects of certain medications, such as those used to treat Parkinson’s disease.

Other common causes to eye twitching include:

  • Stress
  • Irritation of the Cornea or Conjunctiva
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of sleep
  • Prolonged staring at a computer screen or television
  • Nervous system disorders
  • Excessive caffeine intake (e.g. coffee, tea, caffeinated sodas)

If your eye twitch continues for a long time we recommend that you consult your doctor to find the real cause.

Watch this video on the causes of twitching eyes.

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