Left Eye Twitching



Left Eye Twitching Superstitions

By Bobbie Blueblood


Eye twitching whether left eye twitching or right is a common thing that occurs among the people around the world. Technically it is a medical problem and has scientific reasons too but still there are many superstitions are attached to this involuntary occurrence of eye muscles twitches. Different cultures of the world have different interpretations regarding the eye twitching. But most of the omens and significances are mainly attached to the left eye. Some common and interesting superstitions related to the left eye twitching are discussed below.


Different Places Different Beliefs


– In China they believe that the left eye twitching is generally associated with good fortune whereas the twitching of the right eye depicts bad luck. The twitching of left eye also means a rush of gold or any kind of money. The Chinese take it as a bad omen if the right eye of a person twitches as it depicts the coming of misfortune in any form. But in the case of women it is the opposite where left eye twitching indicates bad omen and vice versa. A twitch in the lower left lid also has some assumptions related to it like they say it depicts that the person is going to cry soon or the person is the topic of gossip of someone. A right eye lid twitch depicts good fortune.



– They are very superstitious when the twitching of the eyes is concerned. It is the just the reverse case of the Chinese superstition in case of the Indian left eye twitching superstitions. So the Indians consider it lucky if the right eye twitches and a sign of bad omen if the left eye twitches. Here the left eye twitching is good in cases of a woman and it is regarded inauspicious where the males are concerned.



– The Africans have their own way of depicting these eye twitching’s. In some parts of Africa, the upper eyelid twitching is associated with the unexpected meeting of someone whereas the lower eyelid twitching indicates shedding of tears. The people of Nigeria follow the same superstitions as the Chinese regarding the left eye twitching of the eyes.



– The people of Hawaii signify the twitching of the left eye with the coming of a new guest or a stranger. It may also signify some kind of mourning in the future or may be death even whereas the right eye twitch indicates an impending birth in the family.



– Here the same depiction is made about the left eye twitching where it gives an indication of crying or shedding of tears and this has a scientific base also. Generally tears flow from the lower left eye lid.


A general belief is that the twitching of left eyes is good for women and bad for men except in the case of the Chinese culture. Now some superstitions act just opposite in different cultures and countries. We can say that they are all myths based on the personal experience of an individual. So the next time when the left eye twitches, one should hope for the best to happen instead of panicking.


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Questions about Eye Twitching, etc.

Donald asks…

If a dead person’s eyes are left open, he’ll find someone to take with him.?

where is this superstition from? what’s the origin? please answer with a link to the story or telll me the story behind it yourself.

Suzi Q answers:

I believe that this comes from the fact that when a person dies the last image that they see will be burned into their retinas for all of time. So if someone were to look into a person’s eyes as they died, their own image would be burned into the retinas. And they eyes are considered the window to the soul, so if your image was in someone Else’s eyes, then they would have stolen your soul and you would be doomed to journey with them to the realm of the dead. So not true but a good superstition. I did this research and here’s what I found:

This site goes back into the discovery of this fact. Enjoy!


And excerpt for others too 😉

For some time now it has been known—as a result of various interesting ophthamological experiments done by certain ingenious scientists, authoritative observers that they are—that the image of exterior objects imprinted upon the retina of the eye are conserved there indefinitely. The organ of vision contains a particular substance, retinal purple, on which is imprinted in their exact form these images. They have even been perfectly reconstituted when the eye, after death, is removed and soaked in an alum bath.

Sandra asks…

Left-Eye Superstitions?

So there is this guy that I’m REALLY interested in. I think he’s interested in me too. He speaks and waves at me. He smiles at me all the time and he even winked at me once. lol I didn’t know they still did that. He does a lot of other stuff that leads me to believe that he’s interested in me, but I won’t mention it as my post will get lengthy and besides…that’s not my question. lol

So…everytime I am about to run into him, my left eye starts jumping. lol Seriously! It happens EVERY time. I looked up what it means when your eye jumps via handy dandy Yahoo! Answers and most answers said that it’s because of stress or lack of sleep. Well…neither is the case.

He works for Sodexho here at my University and I hadn’t seen him since we returned from Spring Break so I asked one of his employees where he was. Come to find out, he was promoted and transfered to somewhere in Mississippi. Of course I was bummed out and thought he was gone forever. Well yesterday, I was on campus chilling in the nice weather when my left eye started jumping uncontrollably. It was jumping so hard that I could feel it in my other eye and it slightly affected my vision. When I got up to leave, I saw his truck and Lo and Behold! He was there!!! He had come back to say his goodbyes. Deep down in my lil ole heart I just knew that the good Lord had sent him back for me. lol, j/k

But seriously…Do you guys think I could have some kind of built in crush radar? Or is there some kind of superstition, old folk-tale, or hell scientific explanation as to why my eye jumps every time he’s near? Anyone ever heard of anything like this? Ever happened to anyone personally?


Thanks guys. All answers are greatly appreciated.

Suzi Q answers:

You take too much xtacy and its affecting you.

Daniel asks…

What does it mean if your left eye winks? According to superstitions.?

What does it mean if your left eye winks and you are a girl?
” ” left eye – and you are a boy

” ” right eye and you are a girl?
” ” right eye and you are a boy?
Sorry, meant to say twitches.

Suzi Q answers:

Itchy eyes.

George asks…

My left eye has been jumping all week, what is the superstition behind this? please help Im going nuts?

Suzi Q answers:

The Asians and Indians believe…. Based on gender
men left is bad, right is good
women left is good, right is bad

and there’s another superstition i don’t know it’s origin but if left twitches then there is a death and right twich means an addition – a birth.

Last year, the entire year my left eye kept twitching like crazy and i was pregnant. I gave birth to twins the family was filled with happiness but exactly a month later my father passed away. Prior to this i never had eye twitches so constant, and crazy….

The medical explanation is fatigue, lack of sleep, and too much caffeine consumption….. Which could also be true for me… I don’t know but there you go….. Hopefully yours is really good luck.

If you win the lotto or something remember to share!!!!


David asks…

My left eye has been jumping for the past 3 weeks…..Why?

I’m not very superstitious, but what is the superstition behind it?

Suzi Q answers:

I had a tendency to do that when I was extremely stressed

Hugs from a Loving Mom to a Brilliant, as well as beautiful 8 year old Jared and Our Angel, Zachary (taken to soon but who will always remain in our heart) ~ Mel

Chris asks…

Eye and superstitions?

Left eye keeps jumping what does that mean ,help me out here.

Suzi Q answers:

Supposedly – If your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family. If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

That said; it’s not related to the idea of the “evil eye” – which is a taboo about looking at someone with a fixed stare.

The left side was sometimes a part of superstitious lore since the word for left in Latin is the same root for “sinister” or maleficent. This is something like an anti-left handedness prejudice and has no basis in anything real.

Superstitions aside – it’s most likely just fatigue, an infection of the eye, or possibly a reason to visit a dentist, toothdecay can cause an infection that puts pressure on the facial nerves, sometimes causing the nerves to twitch uncontrollably as you describe.

Susan asks…

Superstition question?

Have anyone ever heard of the superstition if your right eye jumps then you’re getting money but if your left eye jumps, then you’re going to get really angry? Also, is there a superstition that you live by?
By eye jumping, like the little muscle twitching. lol I know it’s a silly one, but that’s like one of the ones I’ve always heard when I was little.
Ooo, yeah, I think the do unto others thing is one that’s true.
lol @ Christine. lol that would solve an itching problem 🙂

Suzi Q answers:

Somebody told me this the other day cause my kids where driving me crazy, I believe that anger can cause ticking, but my eyes cant tell the future…ie i don’t believe the money one…i heard its if you hands itch…but i just suggest lotion for that lol

Susan asks…


@ KENNETH you said ”really happened” so something did happen but are you not sure if it what happened had anything to do with your eye twitching!

my left or right eye twitched a couple years ago,so i did some research ,found out some people beleaved it meant good fortune.what do you know i check my bank account ,1000 buks was deposited from ??? rather not say into my account.also went a bought a scratchie .won 26 buks the same day.after that day my eye didnt twitch.till today.i just forgot whether the left eye meant good or bad.didnt ask for rude opinions!!!

Suzi Q answers:

Medically, it can be caused by tiredness, too much strain on your eyes, caffeine, alcohol, dry eyes, nutritional imbalances or allergies. It should go away on its own, but if it doesn’t you should see a doctor. It has nothing to do with luck 😛 Hope that helped

Thomas asks…

eye twitching – anyone know about the good and bad luck myth about it? believe it? heard of it?

I head that depending on time. or so like maybe for a guy left eye twitch is good luck and right eye twitch it is bad. for female is the is reverse. does anyone believe in this? My right eye just twitch once, and that thought of good or bad luck just came to my mind. I don’t know.. but i sorta believe esp. because when my eye twitch i also tell myself something bad is going to happen.. and it does happen. ANyone else?? Or if you dont believe it..?

Suzi Q answers:

When your eye twitches, it means that you’re tired.
Sleep and see if your eye keeps twitching.

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