DARK CIRCLES UNDER YOUR EYES? By Dr. Martha Jay, Ophthalmologist at Lakeshore Eye Care Professionals with offices in Mequon & Saukville, Wisconsin
What’s that all about and what can you do about it? Those dark circles can have many sources from heredity, allergies, smoking or dehydration. As for heredity, you cannot do much about that but the other sources can be remedied.
If you have allergies, treat them with over-the-counter medication or ask your doctor for stronger products if they are not doing the trick. Be sure you do not rub your eyes as that just makes the circles worse. You could even try the Nedi pot to clear your system of the annoying substances that are making you miserable. If you smoke, you probably realize the toll it takes on your skin. The tiny blood vessels that nourish your skin are deprived of oxygen so the elasticity goes down – just another reason to quit. Sun exposure is another culprit so be sure to wear hats and sunglasses.
The biggest preventable cause of dark circles under the eyes is dehydration. If you eat a salty meal the fluid is pulled from the skin around your eyes revealing the dark circles. Excessive alcohol does the same thing. That’s where the “rough night” comments come from. Not getting enough sleep can also contribute.
What can you do about it once those circles appear? Get hydrated for one. Cooling the area is another. You can use cold compresses (cucumbers, ice packs, cold spoons). What you use does not matter, it is the cool temperature. There are many products sold for this problem, use at your own risk and be sure they are safe to use around your eyes. You can also get improvement by sleeping on several pillows. Finally there is the use of concealer, just be sure not to rub it on too aggressively.
Dr. Martha Jay is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist specializing in medical and surgical eye care including blade-free LASIK vision correction and small incision cataract surgery.
For more eye care information, call 262-241-1919 or visit www.LakeShoreVision.com.