Crow’s feet are wrinkles that stretch from the corner of your eyes and are particularly noticeable when you squint or smile. They’re usually more prominent than other wrinkles because the skin around your eyes in thinner, less elastic and more prone to sagging and wrinkling.

Advice on Crows Feet and Eyes from Infocus – one of the best independent opticians in London

What causes crow’s feet around eyes?  Wrinkles are a natural and inevitable part of aging as our skin loses its ability to produce elastin and collagen – both vital ingredients for keeping skin smooth. Crow’s feet are exacerbated over time by habitual facial expressions (e.g. squinting, smiling), a high-salt diet and habitually sleeping on your side.

But did you know that 75% of crow’s feet is a result of preventable UV exposure to the skin around the eyes?

BBC’s Trust Me I’m a Doctor explored the latest scientific research around the impact of sun damage on crow’s feet and eyes and found that exposure to UV rays and free radicals is a major factor in the deepening of these wrinkles.  If you’re wondering about how to prevent crow’s feet around eyes this summer, there are some easy steps you can take to halt them in their tracks.

  • Wraparound Shades

Research suggests that up to 90% of your skin’s visible aging is caused by sun damage, whilst habitual squinting against bright sunshine serves to deepen wrinkles around your eyes.  So, the best way to prevent crow’s feet is to invest in wraparound sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays and protect the thinner skin around your eyes from free radical damage – and the good news is that wraparound frames double up as the must-have style of the season! Try the latest designs from brands such as Persol, Tom Ford and Oliver Peoples.

  • Polarised Lenses

Polarised sunglasses lenses are embedded with a specialised filter that blocks glare – that annoying and sometimes dangerous flash of light that can of water, glass and road surfaces. These high-tech lenses stop you squinting against the glare, and thereby mitigate the impact on the skin around your eyes.

  • Transitions® Lenses

UV rays aren’t blocked by typical glass windows, so to prevent sun damage whilst indoors opt for Transitions® lenses which have built in UV protection and prevent eye strain.

  • Wear Sun Cream

Many every-day moisturisers come with built in SPF protection, but if you don’t use skin products regularly try to get into the habit of using high factor sun cream on your nose and the skin around your eyes to prevent sun damage to these sensitive areas.

  • Stay Hydrated

Drinking plenty of fluids – around eight to twelve cups of water a day – helps to flush out toxins and keep your skin fully hydrated, lessening the appearance of wrinkles.

If you’re wondering how to prevent crow’s feet around eyes, or think your vision or eye health might have been affected by UV exposure, visit the practice to explore your options with a member of our expert team at Infocus, or call us on 0207 224 7400– we’re proud to be one of the best independent opticians in London!