Hydration and Eye Health: Why It's Important in the Summer Months

Hydration is key to maintaining our overall health, particularly during the sweltering summer months. But did you know that staying hydrated is also crucial for maintaining the health of your eyes?

The human body is about 60% water, and our eyes are no exception. In fact, a thin layer of fluid, or tears, coats the surface of our eyes and is essential for maintaining clear vision and keeping our eyes comfortable.

Insufficient hydration can lead to a decrease in tear production, leading to a condition known as dry eye syndrome. Symptoms of this condition include eye redness, a stinging or burning sensation in the eyes, sensitivity to light, and blurred vision. During the hot summer months, when the rate of fluid loss from our bodies can increase due to sweating, the risk of developing dry eyes can also increase.

Here are some ways to ensure you stay hydrated, and in turn, keep your eyes healthy during the summer:

Drink Plenty of Fluids: This is the most obvious yet crucial point. Aim to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day, and increase this amount if you are spending time outdoors in the heat or are engaging in physical activity.

Eat Hydrating Foods: Include in your diet fruits and vegetables that are high in water content, like cucumbers, watermelon, and oranges.

Limit Dehydrating Beverages: Try to reduce your intake of beverages like coffee, tea, and alcohol, which can dehydrate your body.

Use Artificial Tears: Over-the-counter artificial tears can help provide temporary relief for dry eyes.

Wear Sunglasses: Sunglasses not only protect your eyes from harmful UV rays but can also help reduce evaporation of tears.

If you find that your eyes are frequently dry, red, or irritated, it could be a sign that you need an eye exam.

Dr. Stephen Summerow, a General Doctor of Optometry and Dry Eye Specialist, is here to help in Warner Robins, GA, and Fort Valley, GA. Schedule your appointment today and ensure that your eyes stay healthy and hydrated all summer long!

Keep your eyes healthy and hydrated this summer! Contact Dr. Stephen Summerow at our Warner Robins or Fort Valley, GA office to schedule your appointment today. Your eyes will thank you!