Steve the Wargamer had an interesting post about painting eyeballs (or not, in his case). Everything he said was quite right, of course, and yet I always paint eyes on my figures otherwise they just don't come alive for me: they look unfinished and dead, like zombies. Now, of course, Steve posited that badly painted eyes (like mine) are worse than no eyes at all and he is probably right (I expect it was some of my squint-eyed masterpieces that got him thinking about it). Not painting eyes on anything 20mm or below is probably reasonable but for 28mm figures, with their usually disproportionately big heads, I feel I have to put their eyes in, however anime-like they end up.
The figure above I painted a month or so ago and I am not arguing that this is a good paint job but her head is large for her body and you can see where her eyeballs are supposed to be; further, she has eyelids as some sculptors manage. OK, they are exaggerated but then so are the size of hands and feet. I was quite surprised to see how many comments (and there were a lot) were in the no eyeballs camp. Who paints eyes well? I have always liked the eyes Giles Allison manages on his figures. No mean feat on Perry figures, who have smaller heads than most!
I will carry on painting eyes on mine and hope that once in every ten figures I manage to get one that doesn't look like a cross-eyed Manga character!