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How dehydration affects your eye health

Posted on 2016/07/28 at 4:43 pm by LASIK MD

By now, you already know about the importance of hydration and the negative impact that being dehydrated can have on your overall health. Read on to learn a little more about how it can affect your eyes, too.

The Causes of Dehydration
Vomiting, excessive sweating, diarrhea and exercise are different ways the body loses water and becomes dehydrated. Dehydration is not altogether uncommon in people and most have experienced it at some point some people drink enough water daily but counter the benefits by consuming caffeine, alcohol and lots of salt.

When a person becomes dehydrated, it’s because the body is not retaining enough water and, as a result, it has entered into a state of shock because the organs are unable to function properly. While mild-to-moderate dehydration is easily reversed by replenishing the body with water, severe dehydration can be dangerous to your health. When the body enters into this state, it results in extreme thirst, fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation and dizziness or light-headedness. It can be harmful to the eyes, too.

Drink Up for Healthy Eyes

By staying active, eating a healthy diet, and drinking lots of water, you can help keep your eyes in top health. It can’t be stressed enough: The most important thing to do is drink plenty of water—if you are not consuming sufficient amounts on a daily basis, you will find that your eyes may not be functioning normally.

Spot the Signs

Are you dehydrated? There are signs that you can look out for to identify whether or not you’re dehydrated—and how such a state might have an impact on your eyes. Physical signs are the easiest ones to spot. Take note of what your eyes are doing: Do they appear to be red? Is there a feeling of discomfort? Do you often find that they’re dry and itchy? The inability to cry or produce tears is yet another symptom of dehydration.

A Good Cry

If you can’t produce tears then you might be dehydrated. Producing tear drops, which are comprised of water, oil and a mucous component, is so important because your eyes get that moisture and lubrication needed to achieve maximum comfort. This helps you to blink properly, thereby keeping out harmful elements like dust. But if your eyes cannot produce moisture from tears, then they may start to feel strained. This ultimately can have a negative impact on your vision. Tears are a vital component of eye health because they flush and clear out unwanted pieces of debris, dirt, dust and eyelashes. When this occurs, it can cause irritation and lead to blurred vision and headaches.

To avoid dehydration and ensure the healthiest eyes possible, hydration is of absolute importance. Try to carry a bottle of water with you so that you can stay hydrated wherever you go!

Keeping your eyes happy and hydrated is so important, especially when considering laser vision correction, where your eyes need moisture! Book your FREE, no-obligation consultation today and find out the next steps towards pulling off great vision.

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