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Adding Nutrition to the Conversation

Women In Optometry advisory board member Carey A. Patrick, OD, discusses specific things patients can do to address and to maintain healthy eyes from a healthy diet in the exam room. She participates in the Ocular Wellness & Nutrition Society to keep herself educated on the latest information that she can share with them.

“I talk to kids about eating their greens, and I talk to my LASIK and cataract surgery patients about extra Vitamin C (C for cornea),” she says. Patients over 40 years old learn about how fish oil supplementation can impact symptoms of dry eye. “In my discussion, I share that I personally take fish oil, vitamin C and
“greens” on a daily basis. It makes a difference when we doctors ‘walk the walk’ and not just ‘talk the talk.'”

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