Basics of Eye Hydration
Hydration is equally essential for your eyes as it is for your body. Your eyes need moisture to remain comfortable and nourished, or they will get dry and irritated. It’s important to understand the basics of eye hydration to keep your eyes healthy and protected.
Why is hydration important for eyes?
Hydration is important to protect the quality of your tears and to keep your eyes moist. Since, the tear film is made up of three layers, one of them being the aqueous (water) layer, hydration is very important to maintain healthy, nourished eyes.
If you do not keep your eyes hydrated, then there may be high salt levels in your eyes, known as hyperosmolarity. If your tears are out of balance, it can lead to dry eye.
What is Tear Osmolarity?
Tear osmolarity is a measure of the salt content of a person's tears. Hyperosmolarity is when the salt concentration in your tears is too high. Excess salt in tears can cause an imbalance in the water and oil layer, causing dry eye and that irritated feeling that may be familiar to you.
What Happens if My Eye is Dehydrated?
If your eyes are dehydrated, then your eyes won’t make enough tears, or your tears can easily evaporate. Dehydration of the eye can lead to temporary or chronic dry eye and some other uncomfortable symptoms.
If your eyes are dehydrated, you may notice the following symptoms:
- Burning in the eyes
- Grittiness in the eyes
- Blurry vision in the eyes
- Uncomfortable wearing contact lenses
- Sensitivity to light
- Sandiness in the eyes
- Eye strain
How to Keep Your Eyes Hydrated
It’s important to care for your eye health and keep your eyes hydrated. These tips can help keep your eyes hydrated and comfortable:
- Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water every day
- Use eye drops that are formulated specifically to relieve dry eye symptoms
- Use a humidifier to keep the air moist in your home
- Remember to blink frequently when using digital devices/screens
- Wear protective eyewear while working in dry, windy, or smoky environments
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TheraTears'® electrolyte-balanced formula restores the eyes natural balance, ensuring your eyes are protected and lubricated. The doctor created formula was developed to replicate healthy tears and provide immediate, long lasting relief.
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