Our ancient folklore is riddled with mysteries and superstitions. Be it a cat crossing a road or sneezing before going out, you would always find some explanation for everything.
And similarly, we have right eye twitching superstition, too. According to folklore, twitching of the left eye brings good news but the exact opposite is for right eye twitching. It is said to bring bad news.
Whatever, folklore says, twitching of right eyes can actually be bad news and it is grounded by scientific study. Right eye twitching can be caused due to a variety of reasons varying from dry eyes to irritation and excessive strain onto your eyes and simultaneously it can also be the symptom of some chronic movements.
Got confused? Well, don’t be. Through this article, we will tell you the possible causes for your right eye twitching and some possible remedies and treatments for it.
Why is your right eye twitching?
In medical language, eye twitching or myokymia is repetitive, involuntary spasms of muscle movements. It generally occurs on the upper lid but occurrence on both upper and lower lid is also commonly observed.
Eye twitching is mild and most of the time feels like a gentle tug on the eyelids. However, some may also experience strong spasms that can force both eyelids shut. This leads to a condition known as blepharospasm which is considered more serious than the normal twitching.
Spasms occur every few seconds for a minute or so and episodes of spasms are difficult to be predicted. It can occur off and on for days and then no occurrence for weeks and months is also observed. Most of the spasms are mild, however, look for symptoms as sometimes these twitches, if accompanied with facial distortions, can be the symptoms of some underlying chronic ailments.
What causes the right eye twitching?
As mentioned, right eye twitching can be caused due to a variety of reasons ranging from dry eyes due to excess consumption of caffeine or it can be caused due to some chronic ailments.
Some of the most common causes of the right eye twitching are:
- Lifestyle choices
1.Excess alcohol consumption
If you are someone whose most weekends end is going to a club and drinking to your heart’s content. Then my friend, if your right eye keeps twitching along with some severe hangover, it can be due to overconsumption of alcohol.
2.Too much caffeine
Consumption of too much caffeine leads to right eye twitching. Overconsumption of black coffee, chocolate and sugary soda drinks will not only cause eye twitching but also causes serious health damage.
For a proper healthy body, people need at least eight hours of sleep every day. Insufficient amount of sleep and a messy sleep schedule triggers right eye twitching.
Some other choices that cause right eye twitching are:
- Watching mobiles and computers or other LED screens for long hours. This can also lead to the condition of dry eyes.
- Strain and irritation in eyelids.
- Stress and physical exertion.
- Medical side effects
- Nutritional complications
- Chronic complications
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Treatments for right eye twitching
As we can already see, eye twitches if not a symptom of some underlying chronic conditions are painless and harmless. It may be bothering and uncomfortable but generally, it resolves on its own without the need for treatment.
To ease right eye twitching, you can follow the following tips like:
- If excess caffeine consumption is the reason for your right eye twitching, control your caffeine intake as much as possible and try to reduce it to one cup of coffee a day only.
- Curtail consumption of sugary soda drinks.
- Make sure to have at least eight hours of sleep every day.
- Although it is a little difficult to apply with our fast-paced lifestyle, it is essential to reduce stress and relax and calm down your nerves. To prevent triggering of right eye twitching, it is crucial to have a cool mind.
- If you are suffering from right eye twitching, apply hot compresses on the affected region, splash your eyes with lukewarm water or gently massage your eyelids with fingers.
Prevention is always better than cure. Following a healthy lifestyle involving proper sleep schedule and nutritious diet will help you preclude right eye twitching.
However, that being said, we know right eye twitching can also be the symptoms of chronic ailments, so if you encounter the following symptoms, consult a doctor immediately.
- Eyes have become red, swollen and have an unusual discharge.
- Upper eyelids become droopy.
- Your eyelids close completely every time twitching occurs.
- Continuation of twitching for weeks
- Twitching affects other parts of the face
Doctors will help you to provide proper medications and treatments for your condition.
Botulinum toxin or botox injections are sometimes used to treat conditions like blepharospasm and sometimes surgery to remove muscles and nerves in the eyelids is also included as an effective treatment.
Right eye twitching is not harmless and can be effectively curbed with the help of some simple preventive mentions. If the twitching does not revolve within days naturally, consulting your doctor will be the best option available. With proper treatments and medications, right eye twitching can easily be cured.