How Does Dehydration Affect the Eyes?
When you go to the doctor you may have an expectation that you are going to receive a diagnosis and be given a treatment, usually a medication, to make you feel better. Yet almost all patients at one time or another end up being sent home and told to “drink more water!” It can be frustrating to hear that such a simple thing that we all do is your solution, but dehydration extremely common.
How Much water should I drink?
There is no perfect medical consensus, but about 2 Liters a day is thought to be enough water to keep most people hydrated. You may find you need more or even less to feel excellent. Although some people may say you can tell if you get enough water by the color of your urine, try not to rely on this or any single symptom as many factors can play a role in your symptoms. Instead, keep a journal of how much water you drank and how you feel overall. Getting the big picture through keeping record is the best way to know how much you need.
Tips on building Hydration Discipline Through Habit
“Drink More Water!” Well, that’s about as helpful as telling someone to eat more vegetables or exercise more… It is not easy to do! It is building the discipline through habit that is the difficult part. But how do we build healthy habits? Here are some tips for the best way to get yourself drinking more water:
If you have any questions about hydrating and keeping your eyes from getting dry, tired, sensitive to light, or eye aching, please contact us at (951) 672-4971.
Lysle Shaw-McMinn, O.D.
Dr. Lysle graduated from Southern California College of Optometry in 2014. His knowledge of technology and enthusiasm for pediatric and senior care has brought him to work with us in Sun City Vision Center.
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