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Eye Twitching & Questions– either Left Eyelid Twitching or Right Eyelid Twitches

By Bobby Blueblood

An eyelid twitch is a general term for involuntary spasms of the eyelid muscles. The eyelid may close repeatedly, or nearly close, and re-open. Some people say eye jumping or eye twitching instead of eyelid twitching and it can occur in either eye. It also may be called Eyelid spasm or Blepharospasm.

Eyelid twitching is an annoying, uncontrollable muscle contraction. If the severity is not so bad it may be able to be cured naturally without any action. Otherwise some medical intervention may be necessary to solve the problem since it could interfere with our everyday life if the twitching is extreme or doesn’t stop. Some eye twitching may be caused due to lack of adequate sleep. Also strain of your eyes and body, unhealthiness, dry eyes, imbalanced electrolyte, stress and other conditions could help cause this eyelid twitching.

There are superstitions attached to eye twitching and the superstitions are in many countries. Some countries superstitions about the eyes are the opposite of those in other countries. Sometimes twitching in the left eye can mean good luck in these superstitions of even bad luck depending on which country the superstition originates from. Whether it’s a man whose left eye is twitching or a woman can also have different meanings.

Eyelid twitching usually disappears or stops by itself without treatment. However, the following steps may help:

  • Get more sleep.
  • Lubricate your eyes with eye drops.
  • Drink less caffeine.

Call your primary care doctor or eye doctor (ophthalmologist, optometrist) if:

  • Eyelid twitching does not go away within 1 week
  • Twitching completely closes your eyelid
  • Twitching involves other parts of your face
  • You have redness, swelling, or a discharge from your eye
  • Your upper eyelid is drooping

Here are some questions about eye twitching to give you an idea of what people think about an eyelid twitch. Mostly left eye twitching is associated with eye twitching superstitions.


Michael asks…

Is there any myth regarding the flickering of eye lids?

Some people say that in boys flickering of left eyelid is a bad sign wheras flickering of right eyelid is considered that good is going to happen. Contrarily, its vice-versa for women. Is that true?

Suzi Q answers:

I have no idea but I know that from a medical standpoint it’s a lack of magnesium or from too much stress on the eye. So I think it doesn’t link to good/bad signs. The superstition stuff – well many believe, some do not. It depends a lot on the country you live in.

William asks…

Why has my left eye been jumping since Jan 2008?

My left eye jumps on the a daily basis and I want to know what should I do and why is it doing it?

Suzi Q answers:

It could be muscle spasms nothing serious but i would still go see your eye doctor just to make sure everything is still connected

Helen asks…

My left eye has been jumping for 3 weeks. is that a sign something about to happen or what?

Left eye keeps jumping is this a sign?

Suzi Q answers:

Do you mean that your eyelid is twitching? Put your fingers gently over you closed eyelid. Do you feel strong “twitches” of the lid?

If you feel the twitch, ask a question about eyelid twitching.

If the eyeball actually jumps, you will probably have double vision temporarily. For this problem, you need to see an ophthalmologist ASAP.

Robert asks…

Why does my left eye keeps jumping?

Why does my left eye keeps jumping?
Its been doing this since August when I’m talking to people it jumps sometimes and that’s embarrassing how can I avoid this?

Suzi Q answers:

Awwww. Mines been doing the same for about a month. Dr told me 3 major causes. Stress, fatigue and caffiene. Unfortunately, i haven’t been able to eliminate ANY of these from my life so, i am getting use to my blephorspasms

David asks…

Any medical explanation for a jumping left eye?

For the past few days my left eye has been jumping(if that’s the term I’m looking for)my glasses only have a script for the right eye.Some one said I could be low on potassium.Any ideas?oh i’m not superstitious.

Suzi Q answers:

If it continues for a week, you should see an ophthalmologist. That’s an eye doctor who’s also an M.D. Good luck. 🙂
Try eating 2 bananas a day. If that stops it, you can just buy potassium. Talk with your pharmacist. 🙂

Thomas asks…

What does it mean if your involuntary muscle of your left eye is jumping up and down?

It is has started this morning 09:49 A.M. Just on top of my eyelash there is a muscle that is jumping up and down until now. Please explain. I need all the superstitious, believers, Philosophers and Psychologist to explain. I am very curious

Suzi Q answers:

I occasionally get this problem, it is linked to stress, it is SO annoying. Nothing to actually be concerned with though, unless it happens every day, in which case it is probably a trapped nerve and you would need to see a doctor.


Mandy asks…

What does it mean when your left eye jumps?

My left eye is really annoying me right now. Lol. It keeps jumping. Some have told me it means there’s an upcoming death in the family, because it’s the left eye. Some have said stress. Some have said good things will happen, bad things will happen. I don’t know anymore. I’m confused. If you can, please help me. Thanks. It doesn’t happen frequently, thank goodness. But, when it does, annoying just isn’t the word!!!!

Suzi Q answers:

It is usually caused by stress or a lack of sleep. You can try putting a warm compress over it and very gently massaging the area.
If you consume excessive amounts of caffeine, then cutting back sometimes helps.

Mary asks…

why does the left bottom eye lid keeps jumping?

what does it mean when the left eye keeps dancing?

Suzi Q answers:

Eye twitching is typically caused by any of the following:
* Corneal irritation or injury
* Stress
* Lack of sleep
* Fatigue
* Prolonged staring or eye strain
* Neurological disorders
* Possibly Hereditary
There is also some mythology out there that says a left eye twitch is good luck and the right is bad luck, but it is difficult to come up with any firm sources on that.

Sandy asks…

What does it mean when your left eye is jumping?

Suzi Q answers:

Tired eyes or too much coffee???

James asks…

My left eye jumping about 2 pm onwards today.Good or bad? ?

Suzi Q answers:

Is your eyelid twitching? That’s known as a “tic”.

It’s a quite common thing. I get it whenever I’m feeling stressed.

If what you’re experiencing continues more than a week or if you find yourself feeling anxious about what it means, go see a doctor. Such things are rarely a symptom of something serious, but they can be.

Donald asks…

My eyelid is twitching! Please help!?

Okay so I was just sitting here on the computer and my lower left eyelid just started twitching randomly. I went to the mirror to check that I wasn’t just imagining it and really is like subtly moving. It’s really noticable but it feels weird!

I have insomnia but I got like 15 hours of sleep tonight and I feel fine. So I don’t know why it’s doing that.

I’m kind of worried about it…

Suzi Q answers:

I get a twitchy eye when im sleepy or dont sleep fpr long!!! Should go away by its self!!


David asks…

Why does my left eyelid twich?

Ever since I went to the eye doctor a couple of weeks ago my left eye twitches off and on during the day. It’s very nerve racking! Is this normal after having your eyes dialated? A couple of years ago a doctor gave me some special drops for dry eyes, but I never even used them all. I wonder if something this new doctor did hurt it. It’s the top portion near my eyebrow too. I’ve been wearing contacts for years. It does it so bad people notice when talking to me. My boyfriend said it could have something to do with my brain so that scares me if it’s something not even related to going to the doctor. I have no insurance (health or vision) since being laid-off so I’m wondering if it’s ok to wait it out. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
That’s twitch…not twich.
It’s doing it again right now!!!! Grrrrrrrr.
Thanks for the replies! I don’t drink coffee though. I think it is stress of not working and everything going on lately in my life. I get plenty of sleep since I’m not working – I have to have my sleep. If it continues, I will call my eye doctor that I had just went to a couple of weeks ago and ask her about it. Thanks everyone!!!

Suzi Q answers:

Ur nervous!!

Mark asks…

Eyelid twitching for over a week?

Hello thanks for your time.

For the past 1 week I’ve been experiencing weird eyelid twitching on my left eye. Can you tell me if you’ve experienced something like this and how to make it go away as it’s crazy annoying! Sometimes it twitches once an hour sometimes 4-5 times per 30 minutes. Every time it does it I start blinking really fast to make it go away. Some days it works other days it doesn’t. I eat bananas and drink several tablets Vitamin B complex, Neurobex and try to drink a lot of water.
It’s the first time this is happening to me. I really don’t FEEL worried or stressed or anything. I get a fair amount of sleep everyday 7-8 hours. It happens all the time when I smoke, when I’m outside, when I run, when I’m using the computer. I have also stopped drinking alcohol and coffee because I read it’s one of the symptoms.

Any suggestions, thoughts or comments? Please let me know. I wouldn’t be asking if it wasn’t that annoying for me! Help me. How serious is this should I be worried?

Suzi Q answers:

I’ve had it off and on through the years, and it is very annoying but harmless. It may go on for a month and then just go away. Just ignore it, but the suggestion about a cool compress is good. I just use a wet washcloth. It is just a muscle contraction, nothing serious. If it goes on more than a month or two or if it gets to be constant, you might mention it to your doctor next time you go.

Susan asks…

Can stress really cause your eyelids and face to twitch?

It started about a month or so ago, my upper left eyelid started twitching, and now the right lower area of my eye is twitching. It is driving me crazy, the only factor I can pinpoint would be stress, my job is very demanding. The funny thing is I know I’m stressed, but don’t feel like I should have such physical effects. What should I do?

Suzi Q answers:

Tics and twitches are caused by a deficiency of B-Vitamins. The B-Vitamins are important for the nervous system and this is why this twitching is often associated with stress. Stress uses up all your B-Vitamins so you have to put them back. Pantothenic Acid, or B5, is the B-Vitamin most specifically related to tics and twitches. It really helps but realize that whenever yo have stress in your life, you will have to supplement with the Bs. And who does not have stress these days? Good luck.

Daniel asks…

What could cause a twitching eyelid?

For almost a week, my eyelid has been off and on slightly twitching on the outside corner of my left eye. It feels like it’s on a puppet string and someone’s pulling it gently, but quickly, to the side. Nothing really sets it off, and it does it 3-4 times before it stops, then a few minutes later repeats itself. My eye isn’t itchy or red. It just feels really weird and is getting a little annoying. Any thoughts on what it could be?

Suzi Q answers:

I’ve had this happen many times. It’s usually due to lack of sleep. Although there can be many causes, I would say that mixed with stress or anxiety can cause your eye to twitch. Sometimes I get the same twitch between my thumb and pointer finger. Odd feeling, but it should go away, most likely when you’re not thinking about it.

Robert asks…

Why does my eyelid twitch involuntarily sometimes?

I know I am not the only one that suffers from this affliction! Occasionally (there really seems to be no way of predicting when) my eyelid (right or left but never both at once) will twitch. It will only happen for maybe 15-20 seconds and then stop. If I am talking to someone and it happens, they get horrified! Why does this happen? Is it a muscle spasm of some sort?

Suzi Q answers:

Yep, you got a tick, they can be quite bothersome. Usually you’ll grow out of them. Seem to be brought on with stress, sometimes not. Some people go to large lengths to get rid of them with botox injections. (I don’t recommend this) They can come at very inconvenient times. I’m not sure if its nerve firing or muscle spasm or a combination of both. Fortunately, they usually don’t last for long.

Joseph asks…

At night, I have twitching in my calfs like bugs crawling under my skin, not like rls. What causes that?

I also noticed twitching on the right side of my face under my eye, and on my left eyelid and below my eye

Suzi Q answers:

It’s bugs crawling under your skin.

Ruth asks…

Why do I feel slightly dizzy before bed and upon waking?

Sorry about the long post but please read through.

I would get dizzy and throw up almost every day as a kid before my doctor diagnosed me with a chemical imbalance and put me on Zoloft. About 5 years after that I went through a “meltdown” and the Zoloft stopped working and I took 5 months off school to get back on track. I was a nervous wreck the whole time, crying everyday and everything. Anywho, he put me on Paxil and that was 6 years ago roughly (I’m 20 now). I’m wondering could this be from the Paxil wearing off? Or from my chemical imbalance/anxiety disorder? Also, I’m on Lorazepam for nerves and I have to take it 3 times a day, 1 mg each dose. I get shaky when I’m due for my dose and it helps a bit (I get mostly shaky at work…not so much at home).

I don’t know what it could be. I don’t really get the sleep I should (I work at 7 am and go to bed around 12 or 1 am). That’s been how I sleep for 2 years now. My lower left eyelid twitches frequently recently (mostly when looking down at my phone) but that’s probably from eye strain. My family has a history of diabetes so could the shakiness and dizziness be from that? Or hypoglycemia? I get hot flashes occasionally too.

Sorry again for the long post. I’m just not sure what to make of it all. Thanks so much.

Suzi Q answers:

Most neurological medications can cause a slight tremor if the dose is high enough, usually harmless but worth checking out with your doctor through a simple blood test.

The dizzy feeling could be something as simple as low blood pressure, but could also be hypoglycemia or a side effect of your medication.

Go to the doctor and get your blood drawn. They will hopefully be able to solve both of these issues through that.

James asks…

please help i am so scared!?

my mother has headaches sometimes but usually when she doesn’t get her coffee in the morning. she has been itching this same spot of the back right side of her head. She has carpal tunnel. her hands go numb and fall asleep all the time but more now then ever. her forearm also feels numb sometimes. she has also been more exhausted and tired. She also has realized that when she gets nervous, her lower left eyelid twitches. i am only 14 and whenever someone presents symptoms of anything, i start thinking its cancer. Even though they are really fine. My worries cause me trouble. she also says that when she looks down at close things, her eyes take a couple of seconds to focus. Please help me!
could it be brain cancer

Suzi Q answers:

Relax sweetie. It’s not brain cancer. The itching could be anything from a bug bite to eczema. Scalp itch is not a symptom of brain cancer. The increasing numbness in her hands and forearms means the carpal tunnel syndrome is getting worse and she may need surgery to relieve it.

During the exam, your doctor may use eyedrop medicine that makes the pupil larger and prevents focusing. This allows the doctor to better examine the eye.
How is it treated?

Mild farsightedness often doesn’t need treatment. Your eyes can usually adjust to make up for the problem. But as you age, your eyes can’t adjust as well, and you will need eyeglasses or contact lenses. Glasses or contact lenses can also help if your farsightedness is more than a mild problem.

Surgery may be an option in some cases. For severe farsightedness, surgery can also replace the clear lens of your eye with an implanted lens.

Your mom should see her eye doctor. He or she can make a proper diagnosis, and prescribe treatment. Here are some questions and answers about eye twitching on this site to check out.

Left Eye Twitching Superstitions

And last but not least. From the American Cancer Society.
Symptoms of brain and spinal cord tumors

A brain or spinal cord tumor usually comes to light because of the symptoms it causes. Symptoms can be fairly general, or they may be more specific depending on where the tumor is located. Symptoms may occur gradually and become worse over time, or they can happen suddenly, such as with a seizure.

General symptoms can arise from an increase in pressure inside the skull. Tumors within any part of the brain may cause pressure to rise within the skull, which can lead to headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, balance problems, or even personality changes. In severe cases, lethargy (drowsiness) and even coma can develop. Headache is a common symptom of a brain tumor, occurring in about half of patients. (Of course, most headaches are not caused by tumors.)

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