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Are carrots really beneficial for your eyesight? While eye doctors affirm that the orange root vegetables are made up of significant quantities of a vitamin that has proven to be very good for your eyes, carrots can not substitute for suitable corrective eye care.

Beta-carotene is a carotenoid, or orange pigment that converts into vitamin A after it's absorbed in the human body. Vitamin A strengthens the surface of the eye (cornea) and has been shown to be preventative for various eye diseases such as corneal ulcers. Vitamin A, an antioxidant compound, protects the cornea to decrease the frequency of ocular infections as well as other infectious illnesses. Vitamin A is also known to be a successful solution for dry eye syndrome and other eye disorders. A lack of this important vitamin (which is be more common in underdeveloped countries) is known to cause night blindness, corneal ulcers and retinal damage which can contribute to total blindness.

Two forms of vitamin A exist, which depend upon the food source they come from. Retinol is vitamin A that comes from an animal origin such as beef, chicken liver, whole milk or cheese. Vitamin A that is derived from fruits and vegetables exists in the form of ''provitamin A'' carotenoids, which convert to retinol after the nutrients are digested. In addition to carrots, carotenoids can be found in colorful produce particularly those that are bright orange or green in color.

It is proven that vitamin A contributes to the health of your eyes and your overall well being. Even though carrots themselves can't fix near or far-sightedness, grandma had it right when she said ''eat your carrots.''