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Prima Medical Center Saigon, Eyecare & Aesthetic, Cataract

Good foods for post-cataract surgery patients

17 August, 2023

According to our ophthalmologists, after phacoemulsification (also known as cataract surgery), patients should follow a suitable nutritional regimen, primarily providing a full range of the following nutrients.

Good foods for post-cataract surgery patients

1. Foods high in protein

It contains many acids that can promote wound healing and tissue regeneration. Protein can be found in poultry, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy products, beans, and nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.).

2. Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins A, B, C, and K and some minerals such as iron, iron, and copper all play an essential role in increasing light sensitivity and wound healing. Patients after cataract surgery should eat foods: dark green vegetables, sweet potatoes, carrots, oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapefruit, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes…

3. Carbohydrate foods

This is a source of energy that helps the body heal quickly after surgery. If sufficiently supplied, this energy source will be absorbed from the metabolic processes of protein reserves. Therefore, patients after cataract surgery should increase more carbohydrates from whole grains, legumes, brown rice, oats, sweet potatoes …

4. Foods high in fat

Fats play an essential role in the structure and function of cell membranes. Patients should increase their intake of foods rich in good fats such as avocado, olive oil, sunflower seeds, walnuts, etc.

5. Foods high in omega 3

Omega3 is abundant in cold water fish such as tuna, salmon, and mackerel … and is especially useful in improving eyesight. Also omega three also stimulates the mucus of the tear film, helping to reduce dry eyes after cataract surgery.

6. Water

In addition to providing good food for the eyes, it is also essential to provide water. Patients should drink enough 8 cups of water (equivalent to 2 liters) daily. Water helps the body eliminate toxic substances, promoting wound healing after surgery.

Our Ophthalmology Care Team:

If you have any eye problems, please contact Prima Medical Center Saigon:

  • Address: 27 Ky Dong St, Ward 9, District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Website: https://primahealth.vn/en/   
  • Business Hours: 07:30 – 17:00 from Monday – Saturday