Eating food rich in eye nutrients is one of the ways you can help yourself heal properly after having laser eye surgery. Without turning completely to vegetables, you can increase or add the following to your diet, and find yourself truly well on the way to better vision:
Nothing serves up rich nutrients (and low calories) like seafood. Salmon, tuna, trout, and mackerel are often specially recommended for eye health because they are rich in omega-3 fats. These proteins help protect the littlest blood vessels behind the eyes, alleviate eye dryness, and improve overall eye health. They have also been shown to reduce risk for macular degeneration, which causes vision loss in more Americans than glaucoma or cataracts.
If you don’t have enough time to prepare full meals, sardines and anchovies are also a rich source of omega-3.
Lean beef and turkey
If you can’t live without heavier meat, don’t worry either; you won’t have to eat fish forever. Both lean beef – and its healthier alternative, turkey – are rich in zinc, a nutrient that enables absorption of vitamin A.
Vitamin A, as you may know, is the all-important nutrient that protects the eye’s surface and battles several eye-related conditions.
Seeds and nuts
Like certain fish, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, and walnuts are highly recommended for their omega-3 content. However, sunflower seeds are also an excellent choice to improve eye health because they are rich in zinc and vitamin E, which also helps fight deteriorating vision.
You can mix these into full meals, like salads or breakfast bowls, or eat them as snacks. Even if you just eat all these listed foods little by little, their nutrients can count for a lot.