Contributed by Harleen Kaur
Laser-assisted in-situ keratomileusis, also known as LASIK, is a common operation used to treat vision problems, including poor vision. One of the most well-known procedures, LASIK involves reshaping the cornea (the clear front part of the eye) so that light is properly reflected onto the retina. Nowadays, many people choose LASIK to avoid wearing glasses and corrective lenses.
Those considering LASIK must follow a strict set of instructions to speed healing and avoid further complications. What we eat also has a huge impact on how quickly we heal from eye surgery.
This article helps you address what you should and shouldn’t eat after LASIK surgery.
Food to eat after surgery
Vitamins A, E and C are especially well known for their benefits to your eye health. Foods rich in vitamins help speed up your recovery. Vitamins can also reduce the risk of cataracts. They help delay the aging process of the eyes.
Here are some vitamin-rich foods you can include in your diet:
- orange fruit
- white potato
- Green leafy vegetables
As we all know, carrot is good for our eye health as it is very beneficial after LASIK. Beta-carotene, which gives carrots their orange color, especially helps in the smooth operation of the retina and other components of the eye. Carrots are rich in carotenoids, vitamins A and C, and antioxidants that support eye health.
As surprising as it may seem to many of you, people generally have an aversion to carbohydrates. However, carbohydrates give our body enough energy and help the body’s repair capacity after any surgery. After LASIK surgery, you should have these nutritious carbohydrates:
- whole wheat
If you enjoy eggs, you should include them in your diet after LASIK surgery. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. Additionally, it is recommended to include egg yolk in your diet as it contains significant amounts of zinc, vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are essential for long-term vision maintenance.
Foods to avoid after LASIK
Fried food contains a lot of oil, which is harmful to every part of your body. Additionally, even foods that may be healthy for the body, are completely devoid of nutrients when fried. As a result they become unhealthy and essentially useless to the body. The fats in these processed foods are bad for your eyes and can cause eye problems. Studies have shown that the bad fats found in salt and sugar in these foods disrupt the blood flow to the eyes and have a negative impact on the health of the body’s organs and circulatory system.
Sugar is a substance that promotes inflammation but also causes high glycemia or high blood sugar in some patients. Your entire body, including your eyes, is vulnerable to inflammation and high blood sugar. High blood sugar will cause the lens of your eye to enlarge, which can cause problems like blurred vision.
Eating nutrients that promote tissue regeneration and wound healing are extremely important after LASIK. The best possibilities include chicken, fish, eggs, beans and nuts. Many fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, which may also help reduce dry eyes.
Additionally, since your eyes are still healing after LASIK surgery, it is recommended that you take it easy and expect to be particularly sensitive during the first 24 hours. You must wait a minimum of 24 hours before using your phone, computer, tablet or watching television.
When outside, wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Always carry eye drops to avoid dry eye problems. Consider taking a bath instead of a shower. Taking special care of the area around your eyes by avoiding smoking and applying makeup on your eyes.
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