It might not be strictly true that carrots make you see in the dark – but don’t tell the kids that just yet – but they certainly are good for your eyes. Carrots contain beta-carotene, which protects your vision, including your night vision. You won’t be able to see like a cat, but you’ll have your defences up. What you eat plays a big part in making your sight what it is, so if you’re dieting, you’ll have to be aware of what you’re eating – or not eating – and what it’s doing to your eyes.
When you’re dieting, of course, it’s best to eat well and exercise more. Eating well does not mean epicurean decadence; it means fruit, vegetables, and a balanced diet. Plants that are bright and colourful are great for your diet – as well as your eyes. They also contain beta-carotene, which is converted into rhodopsin by the body. This is used by the eyes to help see in dim light. If you do not eat enough bright and colourful vegetables, like pumpkins or sweet potatoes, then your eyesight will be affected in the long run.
Other sources of food that help keep your healthy are corn and spinach. This is because they contain lutein, a compound in eye tissue that keeps your eyes strong. If you cut out certain foods, then you’ll need to check what vitamins and other nutrients you might be cutting out, too. So when you’re looking for your contact lenses online, you can always do some research into your food, too.
It’s always worth avoiding free radicals, which are not only carcinogenic, but can damage your eyes through causing cataracts. To beat free radicals, you will need to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants, such as eggs, onions, and asparagus, to name but a few.
Vitamins such as vitamin C and E are also excellent at protecting against free radicals. We all know vitamin C is found in citrus fruits, but vitamin E can be found in blueberries, wheat, and avocadoes. There’s definitely the basis for a great diet amongst that lot, but if you’re struggling you can always make sure you’re getting enough vitamins through taking some daily supplements. But who wants tablets when you can have blueberry muffins? Ah yes, the diet…
The final food stuff to look at is fish. Fish contain omega-3 fatty acids, and these are the Holy Grail of nutrients. They keep blood vessels and nerves healthy and young, and these include those that go to and are used in the eyes. So rather than eating just carrots, you might want to think about getting some fish in your diet, too. Salmon and sardines are excellent sources of omega-3. It’s good to get creative with what’s good for you, but it’s a bit early to roll out the carrot and salmon sushi just yet.