Hayden Optometric Inc.
94 N Main St Mansfield MA 02048 +1 508-339-3952
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Mansfield, MA


Why We Get Dark Circles Under Our Eyes

Getting a poor night’s rest isn’t the only reason you get dark circles under your eyes!

Many of us have seen those pesky dark circles or bags under our eyes and blame it on a lack of sleep. But there’s actually more to it than that!

The Skin Under Your Eyes Is Very Thin

The skin underneath and around your eyes is much thinner than the skin on the rest of your body. On average, it’s about 0.5 mm thick, while the skin on other parts of your body is around 2 mm thick. Because it is so thin, it’s much easier to see blood vessels underneath, making your skin appear darker in that area. But why are dark circles worse at some times than at others, and what causes them to appear in the first place?

Dark Circles Can Have A Variety Of Causes

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Contrary to popular belief, dark circles are caused by more than just fatigue. They can be caused by a number of other issues, such as:

  • Allergies–When your body releases histamines in response to allergies, your blood vessels can dilate, causing dark circles under your eyes to appear worse.
  • Eczema–Rubbing or itching the sensitive skin around your eyes can cause swelling and inflammation, and sometimes blood vessels to break, causing dark circles.
  • Age–The skin underneath our eyes thins as we get older, making it even more transparent.
  • Sun exposure–If our skin isn’t protected from the sun, our bodies produce more melanin, the pigment that gives skin its color. This can sometimes cause the skin around the eyes to appear darker.
  • Heredity–Some people have more prominent dark circles than others simply because of genetics.
  • Pigmentation issues–Certain conditions such as Periorbital Hyperpigmentation can result in an increased amount of melanin to be produced around the eyes.

Take Care Of Yourself

For most people, dark circles can be treated with cold compresses, which help dilated blood vessels and puffiness go down–this is usually why people put cucumbers on their eyes! You can also make sure to take your allergy medication if you suffer from hay fever as well as get some well-deserved shut eye. And as always, don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

We hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit more about your body today and why we get dark circles under our eyes! Do you have any other burning questions about your eyes or your vision? Let us know and we’ll be sure to address them!

Thank you for being such wonderful patients!

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The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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94 N Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048

Contact Information

Phone: 508-339-3952
Fax: +1 (508) 339-6907
  • Monday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Thursday: 9:00am - 6:30pm
  • Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 11:30am
  • Sunday: Closed
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Why Choose Hayden Optometric?

Our Brands

Our Brands

Your eyes are unique, and so is your sense of style, which is why selecting your frames and lenses is a very personal choice. Your frames should fit your sense of style, and your lenses should suit your vision needs. Hayden Optometric Inc. is proud to offer a wide variety of brands so that we can help you find the frames and lenses that best suit your needs and style.

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

We're Revolutionizing Eye Care

Hayden Optometric wants to be a thought leader in the eye health industry. We are always dedicated to making life better for our patients. In fact, our own Dr. Joel Hayden has leveraged his knowledge as an optometrist and nutritionist to develop his own line of eye wipes and fish oil to bolster your eye health.



Dr. Hayden is also the founder of HALT Myopia; the Hayden Advanced Lens Therapy System. Designed for nearsighted kids, HALT Myopia has been called “LASIK for kids,” only without lasers, scalpels, pain, recovery, or risk of overcorrection.

Read more about HALT and other methods of myopia control.

The Future of Eye Health Technology

The Future of Eye Health Technology

We really value innovation. That’s why we rely on some of the most advanced technology available to help us examine, diagnose, and treat all of our patients. When you choose Hayden Optometric, you know you’re getting some of the most state-of-the-art equipment the industry has to offer.

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