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Busting Common Eye Myths – Can carrots help you see better?


While carrots won’t make you see better they are one of the many sources of Vitamin A which is essential for keeping your eyes healthy. Other rich sources of Vitamin A include milk, fish, broccoli, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and dark-green leafy vegetable such as spinach, kale and silver beet.

A diet deficient in vitamin A can lead to night blindness and other eye problems including vision loss. Generally, vitamin A deficiency is rare in Australia but it can still happen if your diet is particularly poor. Adults and children with restricted diets, pregnant women and those with bowel disease can sometimes be at risk of vitamin A deficiency and should discuss this with their doctor.

Eating a healthy, well balanced diet contributes to your overall health and wellbeing as well as your eye health. Other important dietary nutrients for eye health include; Omega-3 (sources include all fish and shell fish, fish oils containing liver and butter), Zinc (sources include oysters, seafood, nuts and legumes), vitamin E (sources include nuts and whole grains), vitamin C (sources include citrus fruit, berries and tomatoes), and selenium (sources include nuts).

Dr Brighu Swamy, Ophthalmologist, RANZCO Public Health Committee member.

Last updated: November 27, 2018

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