We can’t count the number of times we’ve been asked by parents if carrots will help improve their child’s eyesight. Most of the time, parents just want us to say yes in the hopes that the child will eat more carrots (which kids will try to avoid)! So what do carrots contain and are they good for our eyes?
Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which gives them their reddish-orange color. When our bodies process the beta-carotene it is turned into Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to protect the surface of the eye and adds more nutrition to the macula. While carrots do give us tons of benefits when it comes to their nutrient content, these veggies will not improve our vision alone. Basically, simply eating carrots isn’t enough to give you the best possible eye health! Eating a well-balanced diet full of greens, vegetables and anti-oxidant rich foods not only helps our bodies but our eye health too. And don’t forget about your sun protection; wearing good quality sunglasses always help in maintaining good eye health!
So where did this myth come from? During WWII the Royal Air Force spread a rumour that their pilots were gaining excellent night vision by eating lots of carrots. This was used as a diversion against the enemy giving them a huge advantage while they worked out the right strategy. This rumor stuck around over time and left parents all over with the belief that carrots would help their children see better….and maybe even eliminate their need of glasses.
So remember, carrots are great but you need to eat your veggies too!
If you have any questions about eye health in general, feel free to call us and we’ll be happy to help.