Have you ever heard a friend or family member mention that carrots are good for your eyes? And no, we’re not talking about carats or karats. Of course, you may have thought that they were simply trying to trick you into finishing up those last few bites of cooked carrots. But is there any truth to their claim?

If you think about it, there might be. After all, rabbits love carrots, right? Have you ever seen a rabbit with eyeglasses? Not likely! Therefore, carrots must be good for your eyes!

Not so fast! That logic doesn’t necessarily mean that carrots are good for your eyes. Rabbits like lettuce and all sorts of other kinds of foods, too. Rabbits don’t wear earmuffs either, but that doesn’t mean their ears never get cold.

We’ll have to look a bit deeper to find out the true story on carrots. Believe it or not, there is actually a connection between eating carrots and maintaining good eyesight. It’s not something special about carrots alone, though.

Scientists have learned that a vitamin — Vitamin A — is essential for maintaining good eye health. Going without the proper amount of Vitamin A for too long will lead to deterioration in your vision.

So where do the carrots come into play? Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is an orange-colored pigment that the liver turns into Vitamin A.

But carrots aren’t the only food that contains beta-carotene. Other orange-colored foods, such as sweet potatoes, mangos, pumpkins, apricots, and cantaloupe, are also good sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can also be found in dairy products, like milk, cheese, and eggs.

Before you head to the store to stock up on carrots, you should know that eating tons of carrots will not give you super vision. Vitamin A is needed in limited quantities. A well-balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables should give you all the Vitamin A you need. Eating tons of carrots will just turn your skin yellow or orange from ingesting too much beta-carotene!

If you want to keep your eyes in top shape, doctors recommend staying healthy overall. You can also make sure you get enough sleep every night. Reducing strain on your eyes by not reading in the dark or watching too much television can also help!

So what about rabbits that eat a lot of carrots? Do they have good eyesight? The answer is yes and no. Rabbits tend to be farsighted, which means they can see long distances really well. However, their vision for items nearby isn’t always so great.

Part of the reason for this is the placement of the eyes on a rabbit’s head. Rabbits’ eyes are located high on the sides of the skull. This placement helps them quickly detect predators from almost any direction, but it also leaves them with a blind spot right in front of them. This explains why a rabbit might be frightened by an airplane flying overhead but not your hand right in front of its face!

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  1. Students in our class are able to raise their hands to share connections, thoughts, and predictions. Sadly due to our limited time, not everyone gets to share every day. I (Mrs. Hess) encourage students to choose classmates that have not already shared so that as many people have a turn as possible. Thanks for asking.

    Thougths: I like the video because the two guys were fighting over the bunny. (Gisselle) I thought the video was funny because after all of that the hawk came and ate the bunny. (Shalize)

    Connections: This reminds me of the video “When Pigs Fly?” because the pig was trying to get the cookies like the rabbit was trying to get the carrots. (Maria) I have seen other videos by this person and this video reminds me of other videos they’ve created because the other video was also about rabbits. (Leslie)

    Predictions: What is a loan? (Briahna) How do you repay a debt without money? (Andrew) What is a will? (Jake) Have you ever been to BizTown? (Michelle) http://www.jaindy.org/
    What is the difference between credit and debit? (Pedro)

    • Good morning, Wonder Friends in Mrs. Hess’ Class! We love being a part of your classroom activity, and we’re thrilled to hear that you choose to Wonder with us each day! We’re oh-so-happy to know that you enjoy taking turns to share your thoughts, connections and predictions! NICE WORK!

      Gisselle and Shalize, thank you for sharing your favorite parts of today’s Wonder video! We Wonder if you were surprised by the end of the video? We sure were! :)

      Maria and Leslie, we love that you thought of our other Wonder, “When Will Pigs Fly?”! We are glad you’ve been comparing what you’ve seen in the past to what you learned today! :)

      Briahna, Andrew, Jake, Michelle and Pedro, thank you for your awesome guesses! What a SUPER group– you’ve been using your imaginations! We are happy you shared the Indianapolis Junior Achievement site with us, too! Are any of you a part of that group?

      Have a WONDERful weekend, Mrs. Hess’ Class! We’ll see you soon! :)

  2. Thoughts and Connections: The video was funny (Bryan)! How come rabbits can’t see up close (Trevon)? I really liked the ending of the video (Atlas)!

    Predictions: How do credit cards work (Ashleigh)? How much of a discount do you get at stores (David)? Where do you use credit cards (Cassie)? How are credit cards made (Ashleigh)? How do you use your credit card (Erica)? Why do we need credit cards (Bryan)? What are credit cards made of (Samantha)? How do you get a credit card (Erica)? Who loves credit cards (Savion)?

    • We’re so happy this Wonder has you smiling, Bryan and Trevon! The ending of the Wonder video surprised us, too!

      We love all the Wonder guesses you formed today, Ashleigh, David, Cassie, Erica, Bryan and Savion! You’ve all been hard at work WONDERing today! WAY TO GO! :)

      We’ve got another Wonder about money for you: Wonder #158– How is a $1 bill made? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-is-a-one-dollar-bill-made/ :)

  3. I loved that video. It was so funny, I never knew that a eagle would come and get that rabbit. I want that carrot launcher. Bye I will try to write tomorrow.

    • Hey Baconator, thanks for visiting us today! It sounds like the Wonder video really made you smile! The ending of the Wonder video surprised us, too! It reminded some of us here at Wonderopolis of the Wonder video from Wonder #704– Can One Man Be a Band? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/can-one-man-be-a-band/ :)

      We hope you can visit us again soon, Baconator! We look forward to the next time we can Wonder together! :)

  4. We think that rabbits love carrots, and so should people. THEY’RE DELIGHTFUL! Rabbits have good and bad eyesight and carrots help our eyesight.

    • We think you’re right, Pink Popstars! Rabbits are on to something– carrots are delicious and good for us! We are happy you are here today to learn about beta-carotene and Vitamin A! HOORAY for healthy and delicious foods! :)

    • Thanks for picking out one of the many new things you learned today, Dimond Divas! We Wonder if you remember eating carrots as baby food when you were very little? Sometimes babies who eat too many carrots start to look orange from the beta-carotene! It’s important to eat carrots, but not too many! Thanks for visiting us today! :)

  5. What was the point of this video? Was it supposed to be funny or talk abut how good carrots are to rabbits? (Need more details)

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Rhiaana! We are so glad you asked about carrots today! Carrots are packed with awesome vitamins, which keep your body nice and healthy! Check out the excerpt from today’s Wonder:

      “Scientists have learned that a vitamin — Vitamin A — is essential for maintaining good eye health. Going without the proper amount of Vitamin A for too long will lead to deterioration in your vision.

      So where do the carrots come into play? Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is an orange-colored pigment that the liver turns into Vitamin A.

      But carrots aren’t the only food that contains beta-carotene. Other orange-colored foods, such as sweet potatoes, mangos, pumpkins, apricots and cantaloupe, are also good sources of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can also be found in dairy products, like milk, cheese and eggs.” :)

  6. The thing we liked best of all is the video.
    We learned that if you eat to many carrots you will turn orange. If you eat just the right amount you will have better eye sight.

    • We’re so glad you shared another comment today, Diamon Divas! Thanks for telling us about your favorite part of today’s Wonder– the video made us smile, too! Have a WONDERful weekend! :)

  7. This video was funny, cute, and hilarious. It was kind of crazy when they were fighting over the rabbit with carrots. We enjoyed this video and look forward to Wonderopolis every day!

    • WOW, our Wonder Friends in Mrs. Coates’ Class did a SUPER job of describing today’s Wonder video– funny, cute, and hilarious! NICE WORK! Thank you for telling us about what you liked and learned today! Have a SUPER weekend! :)

  8. Wow that is so funny! Carrots are good for the eyes but are also very yummy! I bet rabbits do have good eyesight! Rabbits are great animals and carrots are a good snack! I learned a thing about eyes of animals if the eyes are on side they hide. If the eyes are on the front they hunt. I have glasses, but I can still eat carrots to help me see, thanks for the wonder!

    • Good afternoon, Wonder Friend Blakeleigh! Thank you for telling us all about the different ways animals’ eyes affect character! We love your enthusiasm for carrots– now we’ve got a taste for carrots! We hope you and your WONDERful family have a super weekend! :)

  9. We think it may have something to do with borrowing books from a library. Or how many books are usually in a library. How many books can you check out at a time? Could it have to do with renting or buying a house? Loans? How do you borrow money from a bank? Why would you need a will?

    • WOW, we are so excited about all the awesome Wonder guesses from Mrs. Dorough’s Class today! We love all your ideas– you are all excellent as using context clues! It’s great that you’ve been thinking about so many Wonders having to do with money… we’ve got a few more Wonders to share with you on that topic: http://wonderopolis.org/category/money/ :)

  10. ……That Was…..Just Wow….Just…Wow…:) :D Ha Ha Ha LOL Ha Ha
    AWESOME!!! You Should Do More Videos Like That LOL!!! :D :D I Don’t Have Glasses YAY!!!
    I Have No Idea Clue Or Hint What The Next WonderFully Wonderful
    Wonder Will Be!!! :D

    (Do More Videos Like That Please) :)

    • Hey Max! Thanks so very much for telling us all about your favorite part of our carrot Wonder! We’re happy to know that it is one of your favorites! We are so happy to know you’ve been WONDERing and learning with us– we look forward to seeing you again soon! :)

    • Well thank you so much, Wonder Friend Megan! We are happy to hear that you really enjoyed our orange Wonder today! What was one thing you learned that you didn’t know before? :)

  11. Viviana wrote: I think rabbits don’t have good hearing that’s why they have big ears.

    What I saw in the video was two guys fighting for a rabbit which in the end got eaten by an eagle because it was distracted by all the carrots. (We thought it was hilarious.)

    Response to the did you know: Many people say that eating carrots helps you improve your vision. It does but it doesn’t give you super vision. Carrots have vitamin A which helps your eyes and many other food that are orange.

    Question from 3rd period was: Why were they fighting for the rabbit.

    • Good afternoon, Wonder Friends in Ms. Gallion’s 2nd Period Class! We love your response– you’re so very right about carrots! While they are packed with Vitamin A, they aren’t the only way to keep your eyes healthy! You have to get enough rest and maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep those eyes in great shape!

      We’re happy your 3rd period class has been WONDERing with us, too! It looked like the boy and the man were trying to catch the rabbit. We formed this conclusion based on the traps they set and the equipment they brought. We Wonder if you can think of some reasons for catching a rabbit? :)

    • YUM, we hope you enjoy some delicious orange carrots, Deja! Perhaps you and an adult can try a recipe with carrots in it this weekend! :)

  12. We both loved the video it was so cute! We can not figure out how you come up with such funny videos.

    (we are from the pink panthers class)

    prediction: graduation

    • We’re so happy our Wonder Friends, Panda Lovers 1 and 2, are laughing with Wonder today! It makes us smile to know that you enjoy our Wonders and videos! HOORAY! We look forward to finding out what the next Wonder will be, too! Thanks for your SUPER guess! :)

  13. Same here Deja!

    That is so weird that carrots are good for your eyes! My mom said that before and I didn’t believe her!

    • Hey there, Wonder Friend Nadia! It sounds like you and Deja learned something new with us– we are glad you are here! Thank you for telling us about what you and your mom had thought about carrots- now you know all about Vitamin A! Have a great day, Nadia! :)

  14. <3 it! I love the way how rabbit loves many carrots! I am in Mrs. Hess's class and my classmates and I will create a video soon wonderopolis that makes people laugh! Haheho! I wish you have a super duper great weekend! ;) :) <3

    • Kathy, we LOVE how excited you are about our Wonder! The video made us chuckle, too! Thanks for telling us about your class video– we are really looking forward to it! We hope your weekend is SUPER WONDERful, just like you! :)

  15. Video “funny ” my dad thought it was too the ending was the best…. my dad thinks the next wonder will be about Bill Cosby I think it will be about Are Tigers Cats?

    • WOOHOO, it looks like Wonder Friend Yojo, Bryan and Anna are smiling thanks to our Wonder video about carrots and rabbits! :)

      Thank you for telling us how much you enjoyed our Wonder– we’re glad you’re WONDERing and chuckling with us today! :)

  16. Whoever made this video, Holly and I want to shake hands with! Do you have a bunny? Holly used to have one named bunny! It had bad eye sight because her cat smacked him.

    • Hey there, Wonder Friends Emma and Holly! It sounds like this carrot Wonder is right up your alley! We’re sorry to hear that Holly’s bunny, Bunny, had trouble with its eyes, but we’re happy you made a connection to our Wonder! Thank you for visiting us, Wonder Friends! :)

  17. Nadia: I know!! My sister (Nadia already knows her because she’s in my class) Madison said that but I didn’t believe her either!
    Wonderopolis: I LOVE cooked carrots!! I don’t like raw ones though!! Does either one have a better effect on good eyesight than the other does?

    • Hey there, Deja! What a great question! Some of us here at Wonderopolis prefer raw carrots, while others enjoy them cooked. Scientists have different answers to your question about cooked carrots vs. raw carrots. However, eating carrots is certainly good for you, whether they are raw or cooked. Which type is best for you is still up in the air! :)

      Thanks for telling us all about what you learned today! :)

    • Thanks so much for letting us know, Lilla! We love carrots, and we hope you’ll try one of the carrot recipes mentioned in the Wonder! See you soon, Wonder Friend! :)

  18. That video is SUPER funny. They both try and fight over the rabbit with carrots galore while the rabbit is simply adoring what he sees. All of that just to be snatch away.

    • Welcome back to Wonderopolis, Tyler! We are glad you enjoyed our Wonder video– those carrots just kept multiplying! We are really proud of the way you described the video– everyone was paying attention to something different… they didn’t even notice the bird! :)

    • HOORAY, we’re glad to make you smile, Danila! We are still chuckling thanks to that Wonder video! We hope to see you soon! :)

  19. This video was funny when the bird swept down and took the rabbit and the two guys stopped fighting. It was funny how they had weapons with carrots.

    • It sounds like a win-win indeed, Wonder Friend ACT! We love that this carrot Wonder made you smile, and you learned something new, too! Do you have a favorite recipe that features carrots? :)

  20. The bunny was really cute, but why did the eagle take the bunny !????!!

    Also, why did the one of the men want to kill the bunny?!? :)

    • Hey there, Skyelar and Miss Sutherland! We are so happy you visited us today! We’re glad to hear that you enjoyed the Wonder video about carrots– it seemed like the bunny was very popular. The eagle, the boy and the man were all hunting the bunny. We Wonder if you learned anything new about carrots? :)

    • You’re right, Wonder Friend Kaytlyn– the poor bunny didn’t make it! We Wonder if you have a favorite carrot recipe to share with us? :)

  21. That was cute but I HATE the ending. That was so mean, I did not like that. Hi it’s Sophie that was Carlee. I also didn’t like the ending the rest was cute. :D

    • We’re so glad you shared your comments, Sophie and Carlee! We are glad you watched our Wonder video and read the Wonder, too! We’re sorry to hear the Wonder video ending wasn’t one of your favorites– the poor bunny! We Wonder if you have a favorite part of the Wonder to share with us? :)

  22. That was coooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllooooooooooooooooooooolllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll:):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  23. I like bunnies. Even though I am a boy I still do. Cause they are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  24. This video was very very funny have you seen it yet it is hilarious! So I would recommend you to put it on Youtube or Facebook that’s how funny. So that’s what is up with this video. :) :) ;)

    • We’re still laughing because of this awesome video, Celia! We’re so glad you enjoyed the Wonder, too! We can’t take credit for the Wonder video, because another talented team of people produced it– but it fit well with our carrot Wonder so we wanted to share it with our Wonder Friends! Thanks for telling us all about this hilarious video! Have a SUPER weekend! :)

    • Thank you for WONDERing with us today, Mrs. Janke’s Grade 5/6. We are very happy you’re here! Our carrot Wonder video featured some very hungry folks– a bunny, a boy and a man… and then an eagle! It looks like everyone was going after the same thing! We learned all about the food chain in a Wonder from the past… we bet you’ll enjoy it, too! Wonder #701– Who’s At the Top of the Food Chain? http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/whos-at-the-top-of-the-food-chain/ :)

  25. That video was soooooooooooooooocccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccooooooooollllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll!

    • Thanks, Celia! We like your enthusiasm! Thanks for sharing your comment! We Wonder if you like carrots as much as rabbits? :)

    • WOWZA, we are so glad you think so, Wonder Friend Carlos! Thanks for sharing your comment about our carrot video– we really enjoyed WONDERing with you! :)

  26. I really liked this video I think it was funny… but I didn’t know if you eat too many carrots you could turn orange cool fact to know.

    • We’re so glad we’ve got you laughing, Wonder Friend Tati! :) Sometimes when babies eat too many carrots, they turn a hue of orange! It can happen to adults, too! Isn’t that crazy and cool? :)

    • Great question, Wonder Friend Emerson! We’re glad you stopped by to visit another Wonder, too! Perhaps you can do some research of your own about certain vitamins and nutrients that help our eyesight! Vitamin C is great for your eyes… we Wonder if you can think of any foods with lots of Vitamin C? :)

    • Hey there, Beau, we’re glad this Wonder and Wonder video made you chuckle! It keeps us on our toes, that’s for sure! :)

    • We can’t wait to hear about your new pet bunny, Wonder Friend Lindsay! Thanks for sharing your comment and WONDERing with us today! :)

    • Hey there, Emma, you can check out this Wonder to find out the answer to your WONDERful question! :)

    • Hey there, Luna! We hope you’ll read the Wonder to learn all about the answer! Bunnies don’t hop around with glasses… or do they? :)

    • You are right, Alex, that rabbit certainly did have great eyesight! The rabbit was paying attention to everything around him, while the two people in the video were busy focusing on their own goals. What a sly rabbit! :)

      We Wonder if you have rabbits in your neighborhood? Do they enjoy carrots? What about other fruits and vegetables? :)

  27. We really liked this video. We learned that Vitamin A is really good for your eyes. We also learned that a rabbits blind spot is right in front of their face. We are interested in learning why rabbits dig burrows.

    • Thanks for WONDERing with us today, Mrs. LaLonde’s Class! We’re glad you told us that you wanted to Wonder about rabbits with us! What a super connection!

      It’s great that you learned a few new things with us, too! Rabbits are great at spotting moving things around them, which is why it’s tough to chase a rabbit! But if you’re right in front of them, they probably won’t see you! We hope you’ll continue to Wonder about where rabbits live and why they dig burrows! Keep WONDERing! :)

  28. It is so cool that you put the easter today. It is Easter, right? Know that’s good that you put that on there, but there was a bird that got him. Well, get back.

    • Hoppy, Easter, Sydneyu28! We’re so glad that you enjoyed today’s Wonder Video! Thanks for WONDERing with us today! :-)

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  • Do you have good eyesight? It’s important to take good care of your eyes. That means you should get them checked regularly to make sure you don’t need glasses to help your eyes see their best. When was the last time you had your eyes checked? Ask an adult to help you schedule an appointment to have your eyes checked if you haven’t had them checked in a while. You can also ask at school about any free eye screenings that may be coming up. A school nurse may also have an eye chart you could use to get an idea of whether you might need to have a more thorough exam.
  • Do you eat enough carrots? Why not add a few more carrots to your daily diet with one or more of these delicious recipes? Head to the store for some carrots. You’ll also want to check the list of ingredients to make sure you have everything else you need.
  • Up for a challenge? Create a meal plan that maximizes your intake of beta carotene. Your meal should consist of an appetizer, a main dish, side dishes, a dessert, and a drink. Do some Internet research to learn what foods are rich in beta carotene. Using the list of foods you find, put together a meal that would ensure you’re getting all the beta carotene you need. When your meal plan is finished, share it with a friend or family member. If you’re hungry, head to the store, buy the groceries you need, and then head back to the kitchen to prepare the meal you planned!

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