Dry Eye Care is Whole Body Care

By Laura M. Periman, MD

I like to create lightness and use some humor when I provide patients with information about the foundational importance of nutrition and the use of nutraceuticals and supplements. Food is medicine, I tell patients, Grandma was right; you are what you eat. You must eat anyway, so make it work for you, not against you. Once patients’ whole body health and wellness habits are dialed in, medical and pharmaceutical interventions can work better. Just one aspect of therapy is not enough to battle DED. There is no such thing as a silver bullet in dry eye—full stop—and patients that lean into nutrition and lifestyle as foundational lifelong process are generally more successful in their recovery.

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