Here are my eyes before I started using Retin-A. The lighting isn't the best, but you get the idea:
Here are a couple pictures I've taken over the last year; the lighting is different, but you can see the change:
I am very conservative with the retin-a, although I use the strongest formula. After I moisturize with olive oil, I dab the least amount possible, really what's left over on my fingers after applying a pea-size amount to my face.
If you prefer to use OTC retinoids rather than visiting a doctor for a prescription, many are now as effective as prescription strength. They’re available in prescription strength, but studies show that OTC products produce results as good as prescriptions!
The first month was weird: I felt like my eyes did look worse: sort of dry and older crepe-paper like, but I stuck with it because I've read that it takes the eyes a long time to exfoliate this way. When I started noticing some flakes around my eyes, I used oil and massaged the skin gently; this helps a lot, but I don't do it regularly.
If you're starting to dislike what you see around your eyes, consider retin-a. It's just a chemical peel for the eyelids and surrounding skin.