You have probably heard more times than you would like to recount, that you are what you eat. What you put into your body affects the way that you feel. If you put healthy fruits and vegetables and whole, minimally processed grains into your body, you will feel better. The same holds true for those recovering from surgery such as LASIK. The foods you put into your body can affect the way that you heal. Here are some foods to include in your menu following LASIK surgery.
Protein contains amino acids. These amino acids help with wound healing and tissue regeneration. The best proteins to consume come from poultry, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products, lentils, beans and nuts. Cold water fish are highly concentrated with Omega 3 fatty acids and are excellent for improving eyesight. Omega-3’s also help improve the oily layer of the tear film, which helps with healing as the eyes are drier than normal following LASIK.
Two of the best vitamins you can take after surgery are vitamin A and C because of their wound healing properties. These vitamins can be taken in pill form in addition to eating foods such as dark, leafy greens, sweet potatoes and carrots as well as citrus fruits, sweet bell peppers and tomatoes. As mentioned above, omega 3’s are an important part of any diet. For those with dry eyes, many LASIK surgeons recommend taking omega-3’s in pill form for several weeks to a month before and several months after surgery. If you are vegetarian, flax seed oil is an excellent alternative to fish oil.
As a society, we are obsessed with carbohydrates. Carbs are nothing to be afraid of. In fact, they are an important part of our diet as they are our brain’s main source of energy. The key is to eat the right carbs. Choose carbs that are high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains (not white or refined), beans and legumes. Carrots are something that should be snacked on while healing. They are full of vitamin A (beta carotene), which can improve eyesight and fight off eye disease.
There are good fats, such as avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds and bad fats, such as those in fried food. The good fats, when consumed in moderation, help improve immune response time which is important when healing.
In addition to eating the right things, it is equally important to flush any toxins from your body by drinking plenty of water. The Hospital for Special Surgery has declared proper hydration to be an essential component of the healing process. Upon waking you should drink at least 8 ounces of water as your body is dehydrated from not drinking overnight. Continue to drink throughout the day to ensure you get at least 8, 8 ounce glasses of water.
If you would like to schedule a LASIK consultation or if you have questions on how to get the best results from your LASIK procedure, give us a call at (919) 876-2427.