If you're about to have eye surgery, no doubt you're looking forward to the process being over. But first, you'll have to deal with recovery time, and that's something you can't rush. However, you can help your recovery along by getting plenty of rest and eating well, including certain foods that can shore up your strength and your body's healing processes. These three categories are particularly helpful because of their effects on your immune system and ability to heal tissue.
Low-Fat and Good-Fat Proteins
Protein and fat will help your body make the replacement tissue needed to close wounds, including those that naturally result from surgery (remember, anytime you cut, even with a laser such as in eye surgery, you're creating a wound). The key is to make sure the fats in the protein are either good fats, like monounsaturated fats in many nuts, or low fat, like in fish and in beans. Some saturated fat is OK in the form of eggs. Other sources of good fats include avocado and olive oils.
Foods (and Supplements) With Vitamin C
Vitamin C can also help build the tissue necessary for healing as well as help your immune system deal with the onslaught of activity. A 2010 study in "Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care" found that vitamin C requirements after surgery actually went up quite a bit, so much that supplementation may be a good idea. Dr. Andrew Weil suggests taking 1,000 to 2,000 mg of vitamin C daily, starting five days prior to the surgery and for one week after. You can also add oranges, kale, red bell peppers, and broccoli to your diet if you're not already eating those.
Drinking water post-surgery should be a given, but it's easy to just lie in bed, not wanting to move. Water will keep you hydrated and help you stay regular in the bathroom -- straining can put stress on your body after surgery. Becoming dehydrated will only get you a headache and dry throat, neither of which will help you recover from surgery. Keep water bottles and straws near your bed so that you don't have to worry about moving your head back to take a drink.
If you want more advice on what to eat after surgery, talk to your ophthalmologist. You should get post-op instructions, and the surgeon can list additional foods and drinks on there. Contact a business, such as Dixie Ophthalmic Specialists at Zion Eye Institute, for more information.