If you want to have healthy and happy eyes, it’s important that you drink a lot of water so you don’t become dehydrated. You’re probably familiar with the fact that dehydration can cause a whole host of health problems, especially in relation to your kidneys, but dehydration can also cause problems with your eyes and vision as well.
Dehydration occurs when there is not enough fluid in the body. Water is essential for keeping your organs functioning properly and if you’re not drinking enough water or if your body is losing a lot of fluids, you will become dehydrated. Your body loses fluid in a number of different ways on a daily basis, such as when you sweat, urinate, or even when you have a bowel movement. In addition, if you are in the heat for too long, if you’re vomiting or have diarrhea, if you’re drinking alcohol, or even if you’re diabetic, the risk of you becoming dehydrated is increased.
When your body begins to lose too much fluid, it will begin trying to preserve the fluid that is still left in the body by trying to hold onto the remaining water, which leads to the development of dehydration symptoms such as increased thirst, a decrease in the output of urine, dry mouth, headaches, muscle cramps, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and even reduced tear production. When your eyes are no longer able to produce tears, they can’t stay lubricated, which leads to eye strain, dry eye, and problems with your vision.
Tears are necessary for keeping your eyes lubricated and providing you with clear vision. Tears also work to wash away any debris that gets in the eye such as dust, dirt, or eyelashes, and they help to decrease the risk of developing eye infections. If you have dry eyes, this is usually due to the fact that there is not enough tear production and can be a result of being dehydrated.
If your eyes are irritated, your vision is blurry, and/or it feels as though there is something in your eye, you are likely experiencing symptoms of dry eye. Eye drops can be used to help lubricate your eyes and lessen the symptoms of dry eye that you may be experiencing and they can also be used to wash out your eye if there is debris in it. But the best way to treat dry eyes is to rehydrate your eyes and your body by drinking a lot of water.
One common eye problem caused by dehydration is eye strain; however, eye strain can also be caused by spending too much time focusing on visual tasks or when using a digital device, such as a computer or tablet, for long periods of time. Symptoms of eye strain include blurred vision, double vision, headaches, and eye fatigue. If your eye strain is occurring due to dehydration, you can rehydrate your eyes and alleviate the symptoms by drinking more water. You can also relieve the symptoms by allowing your eyes time to rest, as well as blinking or closing your eyes.
To ensure your eyes stay happy and healthy, as well as the rest of your body, you should avoid dehydration as much as possible. Not only is dehydration harmful to your eyes and your organs, but severe, untreated dehydration can even lead to brain damage, seizures, and death.
Staying hydrated requires you to drink plenty of water every day. It is recommended that you drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water or more on a daily basis. You should also cut back on the amount of caffeine and alcohol you put into your body and you shouldn’t only drink when you feel thirsty. Having bottled water (store-bought or refilled from home) on hand is a good idea so you can drink throughout the day. Always have bottled water with you when you are going to spend any amount of time outdoors in the heat, and drink water constantly when you are doing any kind of physical activities.
Keeping Your Eyes Healthy
In addition to making sure you stay hydrated, there are also a number of other ways you can keep your eyes and your vision healthy. The first of which is to make sure you stay on top of getting your eyes examined on a regular basis.
The American Optometric Association recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 60 have their eyes checked every two years if there are no eye or vision problems evident, and if there are issues or if you are considered at risk, you should have your eyes checked every one to two years or as recommended by your eye doctor. Adults that are 61 years old or older should have their eyes checked every year or as recommended by their eye doctor.
At risk individuals are those who are diabetic, hypertensive, or have a family history of eye diseases such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, as well as those who work in occupations that can pose risks to the eyes, take prescription or non-prescription drugs that have ocular side effects, those who’ve had eye surgery, wear contacts, or have other health issues that can lead to eye problems.
The next step you can take is to make sure you have a well-balanced diet that includes eye-healthy foods such as kale, spinach, carrots, bell peppers, and sweet potatoes, as well as many others. Including these foods into your daily diet can help to protect against eye diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, ward off dry eye syndrome, and keep your vision strong.
You can also choose to take vitamins to supplement the nutrients that you should be getting from your food. There are so many nutrients that are beneficial to the eyes and vision that it can be hard to try and get all those nutrients from your food alone – you’d be eating all day to try and do that. Instead, take a supplement, like our Ocu-Plus Formula, that will give you the daily recommended dose of each all at once.