We’ve always been told to eat our carrots, right? To this day, we may still think that an extra helping can give us an extra boost to our eyesight. But is there any truth to the belief that carrots are good for your eyes?
The answer is: sort of. Carrots won't improve your vision per se, but the vitamins found in the vegetable can help to promote your overall eye health.
Carrots contain beta-carotene, a substance that the body converts to vitamin A, a key nutrient for eye health. Beta-carotene in itself is not an essential nutrient, but vitamin A is. An extreme lack of vitamin A can cause blindness. In fact, in the developing world, vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness.
Vitamin A can prevent the formation of cataracts and macular degeneration, the world's leading cause of blindness. However, if your vision problems aren't related to vitamin A, your vision won't change no matter how many carrots you eat.
While a diet rich in beta-carotene is a great way to be kind to your eyes, there are many more lifestyle choices that can promote long-term eye health. To speak with an optometrist to learn more, contact your local FYidoctors today.