Nutrition and LASIK surgery: The link to maintaining eye health

LASIK surgery is a popular procedure used to correct vision problems and eliminate the need for glasses or contact lenses. While LASIK can greatly improve visual acuity, it’s important to remember that maintaining good eye health is also crucial. One key factor that can impact eye health is nutrition. In this blog post, we’ll explore the link between nutrition and LASIK surgery.

The importance of nutrition for eye health

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is essential for overall health, including eye health. Certain nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, and E, as well as zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, are particularly important for maintaining healthy eyes.

Vitamin A is essential for good vision, as it helps to maintain the health of the retina, the part of the eye that senses light. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can help protect the eyes from damage caused by free radicals, while vitamin E helps to protect cells in the eye from oxidative stress. Zinc is important for maintaining the health of the retina and can also help to prevent cataracts, a common eye condition. Finally, omega-3 fatty acids are important for eye health, as they can help to reduce inflammation and prevent age-related macular degeneration.

LASIK and Nutrition

While LASIK surgery itself doesn’t directly impact nutrition, it’s important to maintain a healthy diet both before and after the procedure. In the weeks leading up to LASIK, it’s important to avoid alcohol and caffeine,1 as well as foods that may cause inflammation or dryness, such as spicy foods or those high in sodium. After the procedure, it’s important to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding any dietary restrictions or recommendations, such as avoiding certain foods or taking supplements to support healing.

While LASIK surgery can greatly improve visual acuity, it’s important to remember the importance of nutrition in maintaining overall eye health. By eating a healthy, balanced diet that’s rich in nutrients that support eye health, you can help to protect your eyes and reduce the risk of developing serious eye conditions such as glaucoma. If you’re considering LASIK surgery, be sure to discuss any dietary recommendations or restrictions with us at your consultation.

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Dr. Bennett Chotiner is the founder and medical director of Memorial Eye Institute. A noted innovator, in 1977 he established his clinical practice, the Pennsylvania Eye Associates. In 1984, he established the Pennsylvania Eye Surgery Center, Pennsylvania’s first …

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M.D., F.A.C.S.


Erik Chotiner, M.D. diagnoses and treats a wide range of medical eye conditions. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Franklin and Marshall College. Dr. Chotiner attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he received multiple awards including the Physiology Prize for …

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