Tired-looking Eyes? Catching Up on Sleep May Not Be Your Needed Cure

Most, if not all, of us, are familiar with the statement, “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” Though this is just a popular quote, one thing I can guarantee when it comes to our eyes is that they can actually be a significant indicator of the status of a person’s health.

Not all eye-problems are exclusively related to blurry vision. A lot of my patients come to my clinic to have their eyes checked, citing that they received comments from people that their “eyes look exhausted”.

A large percentage of my patients that exhibit “weary eyes” have one thing in common: exposure to digital screens, either from a computer or a tablet, for extended periods of time.

Contrary to other people’s belief, catching up on sleep may not be a cure for your tired-looking eyes. Let’s investigate this problem a little further.

Problem #1: Not Enough Sleep

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If you have been having keeping late nights and lack the doctor recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep, this may be the cause of your problem. Likewise, this may also be the same reason when the eyes are overworked and have been staring at a laptop or computer screen for an extensive number of hours. This kind of problem can be easily addressed by getting enough shuteye.

Problem #2: Signs of Aging

No one is exempted from ageing. One of the very first signs of ageing can be seen on our face, specifically around our eyes. The skin surrounding the eyes is delicate. As the body gets old, the hollows of the bone under the eyes become more visible caused by the skin’s ageing. When the skin ages, it loses elasticity and is much more sensitive when exposed to ultraviolet rays, hence causing pigmentation.

There are also other factors that can make the skin age faster. Genes that have been passed on through generations, poor lifestyle, and certain lifestyle vices, such as smoking and drinking too much alcohol, can make the skin dull and the face haggard-looking.

When there are separate causes, clocking in additional hours of sleep will fail to address the issue. Some patients have been duped by this, thinking that sleeping will bring back their beauty, only to wake up with a set of unattractive panda eyes.

Factors Concerning Tired-looking Eyes Caused by Aging

There are several factors that can affect eyes that look exhausted. Both the upper and lower eyelid may exhibit these problems at exactly the same time. Good news is that these can be corrected with the right aesthetic procedure.

Let us distinguish the factors that affect each of the upper and lower eyelids. The most common problems occurring in the upper eyelid that are treated include:

  • Crow’s feet, signified by wrinkling of the skin at the outer corners of the eyes
  • Eyebrows area
  • Glabella, signified by wrinkling of the skin located above the nose and in between the eyebrows
  • Temples
  • Upper eyelid, signified by droopy eyelids

Below are the general problems affecting the lower eyelids:

  • Dark under eye circles
  • Eye bags
  • Deformation of the tear trough
  • Loss of volume on the mid-cheeks skin

When to Get Treatment

When enough rest and sleep do not bring any improvement to your tired-looking eyes, I would definitely recommend consulting with a doctor right away. Remember that symptoms, such as dark under eye circles and others affecting both upper and lower eyelids, become more difficult to remedy the longer they remain unaddressed. Note that your eyes may be suffering from more than one condition; so be sure that you get the proper medical treatment plan.

Treatments Available for Tired-looking Eyes

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Droopy Eyebrows

Drooping eyebrows caused by the loss of skin collagen, skeletal bone and muscle strength.

Dermal fillers to replace tissue loss and High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) for skin firming.

Prices for Hyaluronic fillers start $750, while High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) can be availed at $800 onwards.


Skin wrinkling at the corner of the eyes (Crow’s feet) and on the skin in between and above the nose (Glabellar lines).

Anti-wrinkle injections

Prices for anti-wrinkle injections start at $350 per area.



Dark under eye circles caused by poor blood circulation around the area. The discolouration is visible as the skin in this part of the eyes is thinner.

Oral medication, antihistamines

Anti-histamines that can cover a month’s treatment can be bought at a price range of $40-$60.

Collagen Loss

Noticeable blood vessels around the thinning skin located under the eyes.

Treatments that promote collagen production, such as High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and lasers are best used to treat this condition. Eye creams with retinoids are also recommended.

High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound for the under eye area costs $800.

Fractional Picosecond lasers cost $250 per session.

Prices for specifically formulated eye creams start at $200 and is good for up to 3 months.

Eye Bags

Caused by a pouch created by fats in the under eye region.

Depending on their severity, some eye bags may need surgery. For milder conditions, microneedling Radio-Frequency is recommended.

Microneedling Radio-Frequency treatments start at $850.

Surgery costs can be quoted by doctors after a consultation.


Skin discolouration that can be seen in smaller patches in the under eye area. Development of pigmentation on the skin is usually caused by unprotected exposure to intense UV rays.

Picosecond lasers are recommended to treat pigmentation.

A session of Picosecond laser starts at $250 onwards.

Under Eye Wrinkles

Fine lines that cause darker under eye outline and shadows.

Anti-wrinkle injections that are administered in small and accurate amounts aid in relaxing the muscles surrounding the under eye area and smoothen out fine lines.

A dose of anti-wrinkle injections starts at $200.

Tear Trough

Loss of skin volume around the eye area.

Dermal fillers to replace tissue and fat loss. Hyaluronic fillers are recommended for treatment as this is softer than others.

Prices for Hyaluronic fillers start $750

Final Thoughts

Remember that treatments are only done to improve your current eye condition and may not bring back the affected areas back to their original state. Results from treatments may also be temporary. Frequent visits to the doctor may be needed for maintenance.

At best, patients are always advised to take proper precautions to avoid developing problematic eye-related conditions. Sun protection, such as sunglasses and sunscreen with a high SPF, is essential especially when daily routines require one to be under the heat of the sun for an extensive amount of time. If possible, always try to be indoors. Eye creams are also helpful to relax the muscles and moisturize the skin around the eye area. When the eyes are treated with the utmost care, there is no need to worry about looking haggard all the time!