Myth: Eating carrots will improve your eyesight.
Fact: Unless you are vitamin A deficient carrots won’t make bad vision better.
Vitamin A deficiency is seen in patients with a poor diet, malabsorption and alcoholism. The origin of this myth dates back to World War II when the British Royal Air Force were using radar for the first time to spot and shoot down enemy planes. In an effort to conceal this ‘state of the art’ technology, a rumor was started that the pilots ate a lot of carrots to see better at night. This fabricated ‘fact’ stuck to this day. Some research has shown that carotenoid can help some people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In general, for healthy eyes the best strategy is eating a healthy balanced diet.