Does your morning ritual consist of turning off the alarm and spending the next few minutes looking for your glasses? How many times have you wished for a perfect eyesight and have considered LASIK surgery to fulfill that wish? If you are seriously considering LASIK, it is important to remember that the main surgery and preventive measures aren’t the only things that will assure the success of the procedure; what you eat before and after the surgery also plays a big role.
A person is as healthy as the food he eats. This is a common saying and it also holds true when you get your eyes operated upon. Eating certain kinds of food will speed up healing and enable a quick recovery, while consuming others will arrest the healing process. They may even cause complications post surgery and you may risk impairing your vision. Let us look at a list of food items and nutrients you must include in your diet and the foods you must certainly avoid after the LASIK surgery.
What to Include
Your diet should consist of food products that are rich in the following nutrients.
The amino acids in proteins help in healing the wounds and regenerating tissue. You can consume proteins through fish, poultry, lentils, low-fat diary products, nuts and beans. It is normal for the eyes to get a little dry after the surgery. This can be tackled by increasing the intake of Omega-3 fatty acids that are found in cold water fish. They improve the oily layer of the tear film preventing eye dryness. You can take omega-3 in pill form for several weeks to a month before and several months after surgery. Additionally, it is also excellent for improving eyesight. Flax seed oil is a good alternate to the fish oil for vegetarians.
Vitamin A and C have wound healing properties, therefore you must increase their intake. They can either be taken through pills or through food rich in them. Include dark, leafy, green vegetables, carrots, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and sweet bell peppers.
Carbohydrates that are high in fiber help in healing after the surgery. Moreover, they help in improving eyesight and fighting eye diseases. Consume fruits, legumes,vegetables, beans and whole grains. Keep snacking on carrots during the healing period.
Consuming good fats in moderation helps in improving and boosting the response of the immune system. This is extremely important for quick healing. Foods like olive oil, seeds, avocados and nuts must be incorporated in the diet.
What to Avoid :
If you love the following, then you must gather a lot of will-power to avoid them for a couple of weeks after the surgery if you wish to go through a smooth, complication-free recovery period.
Trans-Fat Rich Food
While the good fats must be included, bad fats such as trans-fat rich foods must be strictly avoided altogether after LASIK surgery. They will hinder with the repairing process and increase the chances of being prone to eye disorders. You must keep fried food and margarine away for a few weeks.
Salts and Spices
Including too much salt or spices in your diet post surgery multiplies the chances of eye complications. Food items like tacos, hot dogs and processed food increase the risk of osteoporosis and make your bones really weak. This has serious implications on the eyes. Thus you should stay away from all those foods which speed up osteoporosis if you have undergone the LASIK surgery. Foods high in salt and spices can cause impaired eyesight, which might be difficult to recover from. Avoid caffeine, red meat and smoking. All these delay the recovery process and prevent you from achieving the optimal results from the surgery.
Confectionaries and Bakeries
This will be bad news for those with a sweet tooth. You should not even look at sugary items like confectionaries, candies, bakeries and chocolates for a minimum of 3 months after your surgery. Anything with excess sugar is bad for your eyes, so it is advised to keep the sugar at some distance after the surgery.
Subtracting these from your dietary chat for few months may seem a hard prospect, but it will serve you well ten out of ten times.
Aaron Barriga is attached with Insight Vision Center, Fresno, California.