Foods to eat and avoid after eye surgery
LASIK is laser eye surgery performed to improve eyesight. People seeking LASIK must follow certain strict instructions to speed up recovery and also avoid any complications. What we eat can also significantly affect our recovery after eye surgery. In this article, we discuss the foods you should eat and avoid after LASIK surgery.
Foods to eat after eye surgery:
Vitamins, especially vitamin C, are known for their health benefits to our eyes. Consuming foods rich in vitamins helps speed up your recovery. Vitamins can also reduce the risk of developing cataracts. They also help slow the aging of the eyes.
Here are some vitamin-rich foods you can add to your diet:
- citrus fruits
- Red peppers
- Green leafy vegetables
Healthy fats help the body absorb various nutrients. Although fats have a reputation for being greasy, foods high in healthy fats are essential for the body. They help the body by absorbing all the vitamins and other nutrients that our diet has to offer.
Here are some foods high in healthy fats:
- Sweet potatoes
- Whole eggs
Protein-rich foods are known for their benefits to the body as well as the eyes. Eating a protein-rich diet helps improve the health of your cells, which further speeds up recovery. The eyes are made up of veins, vessels, etc., and need protein to function and heal.
Here are the best protein-rich foods to add to your diet after eye surgery:
- Chicken (organic)
- Dairy products
This may come as a surprise to many of you. Carbohydrates are also often looked down upon. However, carbohydrates provide our body with enough energy and also promote healing in the body. However, be careful about the car-rich foods you eat.
Here are some healthy carbs to eat after LASIK surgery:
- Whole wheat
Foods to avoid after eye surgery:
Foods high in sugar
If you have recently had eye surgery or are planning to have one, we advise you to reduce your sugar intake. Eating foods high in sugar can cause your blood pressure to rise.
Here are some common sugary foods you should avoid:
- Packaged juices
- Healthier sugar substitutes (brown sugar, coconut sugar, etc.)
- Fruits high in sugar
- Cakes, pastries, sweets, etc.
Foods High in Sodium
Similar to sugary foods, foods high in sodium, or salt, can also negatively affect your blood pressure. Apart from causing your blood pressure to rise, salt can also cause various health abnormalities. These abnormalities later worsen the health of your eyes.
Here are some sodium-rich foods you should avoid after surgery:
- canned food
- Preserved foods
- Ultra-processed foods (chips, etc.)
Fried foods are abundant in fried oil which is unhealthy for all parts of your body. On top of that, when you fry foods that aren’t inherently unhealthy, the frying process strips them of all their nutrients. Making them unhealthy and essentially useless to the body.
Here are some common fried foods you should avoid:
- samosas etc.
Highly processed foods are high in trans fats, saturated fats, sodium, sugar, and other harmful components that can worsen your health. Processed foods require huge amounts of preservatives. These preservatives can also help alter the boiling point and other body functions, which can further worsen your eye health.
Here are some examples of ultra-processed foods to avoid:
- Packaged Popcorn
- Fast food (burgers, pizzas, etc.)
- Packaged cookies, biscuits, etc.
In conclusion, eating nutritious foods can help speed up your eye recovery. Plus, eating foods high in protein vitamins and healthy fats helps improve your eye health. We also encourage you to talk to your doctor about other lifestyle restrictions and advice.
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