More often than not, one thinks of superstition as soon as the eye starts twitching. What does superstition say? The Chinese say that if your left eye twitches, then good fortune awaits – but if the right eye twitches, then you’re going to face some rough waters. The Indian version is the opposite of this. The Africans have their own version. If your upper eyelid is twitching, then you’ll be running into an unexpected visitor – but if your lower eyelid is twitching then be prepared to shed some tears!
Science always argues that there is a logical reason behind superstition. The scientific term for eye twitching is myokymia, and it is “involuntary contraction of the eye muscles”. Why does it happen? Stress, tiredness, alcohol, caffeine, and general eyestrain are some reasons behind the eye twitch. Dryness, watching too much of television, fatigue, and being in too much of bright lights are other reasons. All of these are indicators that the eye is tired, and it needs some rest.
So the next time your eyes start to twitch you can think twice before jumping to any superstitious conclusion. Maybe all you need is a good night’s rest.