An eye twitch is a small but annoying thing. It can cause frustration and discomfort and even ruin certain plans you might have.
If this has ever happened to you, you might find yourself wondering how it started, why it won’t stop, and what it could mean.
Some might be surprised to learn that a left eye twitch can actually have a spiritual meaning.
Depending on the situation, it could be related to a blessing, a curse, or a deeper situation.
What it means exactly can differ from culture to culture:
In China, the twitching of the left eye is generally associated with good luck and good fortune, whereas the right one is a warning about bad luck.
There are other superstitions and assumptions that a twitching left eye can mean you are going to cry soon and/or someone is gossiping about you.
In India, it’s the opposite of China. The twitching right eye is a good sign, but a twitching left eye is considered no good. In some places is may also be more based on gender – left eye twitching is good for women, but it’s bad for men.
There are parts of Africa that have certain beliefs about the left eye twitching as well.
For them, it’s simple – it means you’ll be shedding tears soon or you’re about to meet someone unexpectedly.
It can mean something similar in Hawaii – the left eye twitching signifies an imminent meeting with someone new.
There are also some people in Hawaii that believe the left eye twitching can mean a demise in the family is coming, and the right eye twitching signifies an impending birth.
The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about a twitching left eye but Jesus does talk about the eyes being windows to the soul.
He also says that if the eyes are unhealthy, the rest of the body will be filled with darkness.
Common Causes of Left-Eye Twitching
While there are many spiritual connotations associated with a left eye twitch, there is still a physical reason that it happens. It can be caused by many different things, some being more serious than others.
Some causes are simple and can be fixed by changing your diet or lifestyle. Others are a little more serious and may require medical attention.
Remember that it’s always important to seek the advice of your doctor if you’re unsure about anything.
With that being said, here are some of the most common causes of an eye twitch:
- Tiredness. If you haven’t been sleeping well and feel tired, this can cause your eye to start twitching.
Catching up on your sleep and rejuvenating yourself can help eliminate it.
- Eyestrain. Eyestrain can be caused by different things, but can ultimately lead to an eye twitch regardless of how it was caused.
You can get eyestrain by overworking your eyes, or by trying to use them too much with the wrong prescription, or if you need glasses but don’t have them.
Looking at the computer for too long is another common cause of eyestrain. This can be eliminated by reducing your screen time and/or getting some special computer glasses to protect your eyes.
If this isn’t the issue, it’s smart to go for an eye exam as you may need some vision correction.
- Scratched cornea. The eyes, specifically the cornea, is one of the most sensitive parts of the body.
Even the tiniest little scratch on the cornea can be very painful. It can also cause other symptoms such as blurry vision, light sensitivity, nausea, and eye twitching.
- Nutritional imbalance. A nutritional imbalance of any kind is always bad for you and will have side effects. Being low on magnesium may be something that causes an eye twitch specifically.
One simple solution here is to simply take in more of the nutrient you’re missing. If this is difficult, you can consider a supplement as well. Always consult a doctor before starting anything.
- Caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine and alcohol are both things that can cause an eye twitch.
There is nothing wrong with either of them in themselves, but moderation must be considered.
If you’re experiencing an eye twitch, try cutting back on one or both of these things.
- Allergies. Some people experience itchy, twitching, and watery eyes as a side effect to certain allergies.
When eyes are itched and rubbed, histamine is released into the lid and tears, which can cause the lid to start twitching.
If you struggle with these symptoms of allergies, an antihistamine pill or eyedrop may be the solution.
- Stress. Everyone experiences stress at certain times in their lives. It’s normal and mostly unavoidable. That being said, everyone’s body reacts differently.
There are many possible reactions to stress, an eye twitch being one of them in some people. It’s especially common when someone with pre-existing eye conditions is getting stressed.
Good Luck or Bad Luck?
There are many superstitions and spiritual connotations to the left eye twitching, and it can mean different things to different people and cultures around the world. Some consider it good luck while others consider it bad.
It’s also important to pay attention to the left and right as certain cultures consider a left eye twitch different than the right.
- China: left eye twitching is good luck, right eye twitching is bad luck.
- India: left eye twitching is bad luck, right eye twitching is good luck. At times, gender plays a role. Left eye twitching can be good luck for women and bad luck for men.
- Hawaii: left eye twitching can mean a possible demise in the family, which is pretty bad luck.
Scientific Reasons Behind the Left-Eye Twitching
In addition to the spiritual meanings tied to left eye twitching, there are many scientific reasons behind it. It is a physical reaction and can be explained by functions of the body much of the time.
It can come from things like fatigue, stress, dryness, infection, and lack of sleep.
These causes are often harmless but should be monitored nonetheless.
If the twitching isn’t going away easily, try keeping your eyes hydrated by drinking more water.
Also, consider reducing your alcohol and caffeine intake. If this doesn’t work quickly, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.
It’s usually a mild issue that is able to resolve itself. At times though, it is a more serious, medical issue. The medical term for eye twitching is myokymia.
Though very rare, persistent eye twitching can be a sign of epilepsy, Tourettes, a stroke, or other conditions. It can also lead to an eye condition called benign essential blepharospasm.
In these cases, medical attention is required to diagnose and deal with these problems.
The Doctor may prescribe eye drops, suggest drinking more water, a change in diet, or all of the above.
At times, a nutritional deficiency may be at the root of the twitch.
Another lifestyle change they might suggest is a better sleep schedule.
Proper sleep is important for so many areas of your life, and a lack of it can cause an eye twitch.
Getting on a proper schedule might be all you need to eliminate the twitching.
Some Spiritual Reasons Behind Left-Eye Twitching
There are some superstitions behind left eye twitching and there are some scientific and physical reasons, but there may be some straight spiritual reasons behind the twitch as well.
Spiritually it could be a sign that you’re too worried about the past. Some people tend to dwell on the past and become upset about what happened, despite the fact that they can’t change it. They may be upset about the mistakes they made.
But, constantly thinking about the same thing over and over again quickly becomes exhausting.
You must learn to let things go, forgive people, and move on from the painful and unpleasant situations. Forgiving people doesn’t make you weak and it doesn’t make you guilty. It sets you free.
Something else that could be going on is you care too much about what others think of you. You can’t handle those you care about being disappointed with you, so you strive to keep them happy.
However, doing so all the time can become exhausting and overwhelming. This is why it can lead to an eye twitch.
The best thing you can do here is to let go of their opinion and focus more on yourself. Learn how to stop caring what others think and you’ll be much happier and more liberated.