It’s a natural occurrence but should it warrant a concern?
Twitching of the eye – a condition that is medically known as blepharospasm. You can feel it under the eyes or even the lids; it’s a series of repetitive, uncontrollable blinking or spasms which usually affects the eye muscles.
The causes are usually unknown but it can be due to one or more factors that make up a person’s lifestyle such as fatigue, stress and diet.
The main culprit of eye twitching however is lack of sufficient rest or sleep. And if you think about it, it’s all interrelated as fatigue is closely associated with stress, which can affect a person’s quality of sleep and also diet.
When a person is under stress or experiencing anxiety in his or her life, it can lead to nutritional imbalance or deficiency because of unhealthy food choices. In turn all these factors can trigger eye twitching.
Now that is the medical explanation for tics. As for superstitions, folklore has it that eye twitching serves as an omen of things to come.
There are many varied beliefs on eye twitching but generally, tics in the right eye indicate good news while the left suggest bad news.
It is believed that if your right eye ‘jumps’, this means someone is speaking well of you, or you’ll see someone you haven’t seen in a long time. When the left eye ‘jumps’, this implies that someone is saying bad things about you (apparently if you think of the names of people you know, your tics will stop when you name the right person), or someone close to you may be in trouble.
In the Chinese almanac, the timing of your eye twitches comes with different meaning according to each sector. It is the opposite where usually left tics bear good tidings and right tics bring bad happenings but not to worry as not all are misfortunes.
For example, if your left eye twitches between 1pm and 3pm, it means you are safe and plans go well, and if it’s in the right eye, this indicates you will have a minor happy event.
As mentioned, there are quite a few superstitions out there and whatever you believe in, it is better to take things with a pinch of salt.