Barbecues with friends and family are one of the best parts of the summertime. And, though hamburgers and hot dogs don’t normally qualify as healthy fare, watermelon, an item that’s likely to make its way onto the dessert table, could actually help improve your eye health.

According to, the vitamin A in the juicy fruit is beneficial to your vision. So go ahead, have seconds…thirds even!

In addition to being good for your peepers, there are other benefits to chowing down on watermelon. The fruit also contains vitamin B6, which may help regulate chemicals such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine, which can help your system cope with stress.

Watermelon is also rich in potassium and vitamin C, which are vital in overall health.

Along with eating foods that are high in vitamin A, there are other actions that you can take to protect your vision. Throwing on a pair of shades could make you feel cool and see better, but the American Optometric Association suggests donning sunglasses that offer 99 percent UVA and UVB protection, to prevent eye health conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts.