Everyday activities such as opening and closing the eyes or squinting to read something more easily utilize the orbicularis oculi muscles, according to Raffy Karamanoukian, M.D., a Los Angeles-based plastic surgeon writing on Real Self. Over time, frequent squinting can cause you to develop crow's feet. These lines around the eyes are considered one of the first signs of aging, according to AllAntiaging.com. By practicing careful prevention techniques, you can help to forestall the onset of crow's feet and treat the early signs.
Refrain from smoking. Smoking makes your eyes involuntarily squint as you take a puff on a cigarette or exhale, according to Richard P. Rand, M.D., a Seattle-based plastic surgeon writing on Real Self.
Wear sunglasses year-round when going outside. Sun-related squinting is one of the chief contributors to developing crow's feet, according to The Doctors Book of Home Remedies. By wearing sunglasses, you will be able to minimize the amount of squinting necessary. A wide-brimmed hat also has a similar effect.
Take frequent breaks when working on a computer. Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can cause your eyes to fatigue, which can result in squinting, according AllAntiaging.com. Even if the break is only five minutes in duration, it will give your eyes sufficient time to rest.
Apply an eye cream that prevents wrinkles and contains a sun protection factor of 15 or higher. This can help prevent the sun's ultraviolet A and ultraviolet B rays from penetrating the skin and advancing cellular breakdown.
Use an eye makeup remover every night to take off any mascara, concealer, eyeshadow or other eye makeup. While you remove your makeup, take care not to tug or pull on the delicate skin, according to LovetoKnow.
Injectable fillers, such as Botox, can help to plump up the skin around the eyes and reduce the appearance of crow's feet. The results are only temporary, however, lasting as much as six months.
Just as smoking causes crow's feet for the smoker, inhaling smoke can be dangerous for the people around the smoker. For this reason, avoid sitting in a smoke-filled room as the smoke can irritate your eyes and cause squinting.