5 Reasons Your Eyes Look Tired That Have Nothing to Do with Sleep

Perhaps the only thing more frustrating that actually being tired is being told that you “look tired” despite having had a restful night’s sleep. Unfortunately, many people suffer from dark circles and puffy eyes despite getting a good 8-7 hours in every night. If you’re tired of being told you look tired, here are some potential symptoms that you can fix.

Eye Allergies

An allergy occurs when your body reacts to a substance like pollen or cat hair as if it is a threat, like a virus. In order to get rid of the threat, the body releases a chemical, histamine, that dilates the blood vessels beneath the eyes, causing increased blood flow and swelling. Histamine also causes itchiness, which causes fluid accumulation and inflammation. If your eyes are constantly itchy, puffy, and dark, it might be worth it to visit an allergist to see if you are reacting to a substance in your environment.

Eye Strain 

Squinting, straining to see far-away objects, or struggling to read can all cause eye strain. When your eyes are strained, the blood vessels dilate, exacerbating the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. To reduce computer eye strain, follow the tips listed here.  In addition, make sure to visit your local optometrist to verify your vision hasn’t changed. It’s possible that treatment could be as easy as a new pair of glasses.

Salty Foods

If the puffiness under your eyes is worse in the morning and better in the afternoon and evening, it could be the result of fluid retention, which can be caused by eating too much salt. Reducing your salt intake and increasing your water intake can help constrict your blood vessels and help the inflammation go down.


Won’t consuming more water make your face puffier? No. Actually, not consuming enough water causes swelling, as your body struggles to conserve every drop it has. When you don’t have enough water in your blood, your heart works faster, and you feel more exhausted. Therefore, be sure to keep up your water intake to maintain your eye health and your energy.

Your DNA

Unfortunately, some people just have more pigment (melanin) under their eyes, or deep eye sockets that make shadows more prominent. The skin around the eyes is extremely fragile and thin, so if you have fair skin and prominent veins, your dark circles may just be a fact of life. Caffeine eye creams, or creams that contain Vitamin C or Vitamin K, can be somewhat effective in treating the circles; but you may just have to rely on a good concealer.

Need a Raleigh Lasik Surgeon or Optometrist? Visit Raleigh Eye Center

If you’re worried about the health or appearance of your eyes, be sure to visit Raleigh Eye Center. Keeping your eyes healthy and safe is the best way to stay looking bright and alert, and no over-the-counter cream is as effective as a professional optometrist. To schedule an appointment with a Raleigh Lasik surgeon or optometrist, click here.

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