Eye Twitching Superstitions & Left Vs Right Eye Twitch Good Or Bad Luck

I loved sharing different superstitions from around the world and was surprised to see so many google searches related to eye twitching, so I thought that I would share my research with you all. In this article, we will cover left and right eye twitching superstition.

Eye twitching is a medical condition. It is known as blepharospasm. “Superstition” on the other hand is a word that you might have heard a lot but never really explored. Superstition is a belief that cannot be explained by reason or science.

It is very interesting to note that different cultures have different opinions related to eye twitching. The eyes often relate with some mystical force, hypnosis, an all-seeing eye, or an evil eye. Others feel that there is either a spiritual message, omen, or superstition meaning behind an eye twitch.

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People listen to these types of things and they search for them. I did the same! When I was just 12 years of age, I found my grandmother talking about these superstitions with her friend. It sounded as if something magical was happening in this world.

What could a 12-year-old child think? These things might or might not fascinate you. But if they do, would you have questioned your elders or have searched about these things.

superstitions of eye twitching

The Internet those days was new to me and teachers told us that it contains answers to all your questions. I came back home and did a lot of research. Like I did today.

It helped me see-through.

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What Superstition is related to Twitching of Left And Right Eye?

Lets get into details and discuss both of them one by one. 

Left eye twitching:

Everyone has a different aspect of viewing things. It may be acceptable for one but not for another.

  1. It is believed that if your left eye is twitching then you are going to hear bad news. Someone is going to say bad things about you. 
  2. When you take the name of the right person your eyes will stop jumping. 
  3. They also say that if your left eye is jumping then a loved one or a friend is doing something behind your back. 
  4. Or they may be in trouble.

Others have a more spiritual thought when it comes to eye twitching. They feel it’s your mind trying to release thoughts of your past. Maybe you care too much about what others think of you or your actions. Try to assess how you are feeling or what you are thinking about next time your left eye starts to twitch.

Right eye twitching

If your right eye is twitching, then you are going to hear some good news. If your right eye jumps then someone is speaking well of you. Maybe you’ll see someone you haven’t seen in a long time.

Isn’t that funny?

Our parents did not question these beliefs. They followed them with their eyes shut. Twitching or not. Science does not support all these things. Some still believe that if your right eye is twitching then your soul is telling you something. 

Now let’s discuss some of the most well-known superstitions in different regions from around the world.

Countries and Beliefs related to Eye Twitching


In some parts of Africa, particularly Cameroon and Nigeria. People have several eye-twitching superstitions. 

  • If your upper eyelid (of either eye) jumps then some unexpected visitor will soon visit you.
  • If your lower eyelid (of either eye) jumps then you will begin to cry.
  • In Nigeria, it is said that if your left eye twitches then it is a sign of bad luck.


Here the superstitions are that if your left eye twitches then it is a sign of good luck and if your right eye twitches then it is a sign of bad luck.

The word “left” in Mandarin sounds similar to “money” and the “right” sounds similar to disaster. This means that the left eye twitches to riches and the right eye twitches to bad luck. 

In China, the left eye twitching can be good or bad, as they feel the time of the day is also part of the puzzle.

For example, a left eye twitch between 

  • The midnight and 3 am, means that problems lie ahead.
  • 9 and 11 am means that someone will do something nice for you, but they will expect a favour in return.
  • 3 pm and 6 pm means you will lose money (so avoid gambling.) 
  • 1 and 3 pm, means everything will go as planned. At certain times of the day, it means the arrival of good news or fortune.
  • Right eye twitch between 7 and 11 am means your chance of an injury or accident is high. 
  • Right eye twitch between 7 pm and 10 pm, means good luck will fall upon you or you will complete a project. 


There is a left eye twitching superstition that if your left eye twitches, it can indicate the arrival of a stranger or an impending death in the family.

There is also a right eye twitching superstition that a twitching right eye could signify that a child will be born soon.


They also feel that if the left eye twitches, the person would receive unpleasant news, as evils exist on the left side.

If one’s right eye twitches, the person will receive good news, as the right side symbolizes peace and angels.

 Did you know that in Egypt the Eye of Horus was thought to have healing powers and used to protect the pharaohs in the afterlife?


left eye twitching vs right eye twitching

Eye twitching is mentioned numerous times in Hindu scripture. When a god has a twitching eye, it often acts as an important omen, signifying future events. There are many eye twitching superstitions in India depending on region and religion, but there are some common themes many of the superstitions share.

Many Indian eye-twitching superstitions depend on whether the person with the twitching eye is male or female. If your right eye is twitching, that is good luck for a man and bad luck for a woman. If your left eye is twitching, that is bad luck for a man but good luck for a woman.

This all depends upon what a person believes. We aren’t stating that a person who believes in all these things is wrong somewhere. We all have the right to believe in anything we want. But it’s just that these things do not have any factual ground to prove themselves. So a person can think twice before believing in these things.

What science has to say about this eye twitching superstition?

scientific fact about eye twitching

Can eye twitching land you on a load of money? Or, would you meet some of your old friends? 

Doctors say otherwise. Blepharospasm, the scientific term for eye twitching, is a repeated, involuntary spasm of the eyelid muscle.

Doctors still haven’t found the exact reason behind eye twitching but they say that it’s not a matter of concern. It may be caused due to fatigue, stress, high caffeine consumption, dry eyes, etc. 

In almost 99.99% of cases, eye twitching stops on its own. But if the eye still twitches then you should get enough sleep, stay hydrated, avoid eye irritants, cut back on caffeine and use eye drops in case your eyes are dry. 

Okay, so I would conclude here by saying that it’s okay to believe in eye-twitching superstitions but I have seen a lot of people who are leaving their important things because of this. 

According to me, it’s not advisable to leave your important work behind because of a twitch in the eye. I’ll leave the rest to you.

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