Can eating carrots improve your eyesight?
Can I improve my myopia if I eat carrots every day?
Carrots benefit the eyes because they contain eye-healthy nutrients, including vitamin A and beta-carotene. While these nutrients do support eye health, they won’t reverse or improve the effects of myopia (nearsightedness) or other refractive errors or vision conditions.
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Can the food I eat help my eyes?
Eating foods that are rich in certain vitamins and nutrients may help protect worsening eyesight from progressing further. These include:
Generally, the most colorful fruits and vegetables tend to have the most vitamins and nutrients. Here are some of the “eye-healthiest” foods you can eat:
Leafy greens, such as kale and spinach
Oranges and other citrus fruits
Sweet potatoes and squash
Berries, such as blueberries and strawberries
Eggs and milk
Seafood, including salmon and shrimp
Almonds, walnuts, Brazil nuts and sunflower seeds
Sometimes these foods may help improve eyesight, but they cannot restore vision that is already impaired. They may help protect the eyes from diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, but they won’t prevent myopia or other refractive errors.
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If not with carrots, how is myopia corrected?
Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or when the lens or cornea of the eye is too steeply curved. As a result, light doesn’t focus correctly when it enters the eye, so objects in the distance may look blurry.
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Page published on Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Medically reviewed on Wednesday, February 9, 2022