Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Sunshine Is Good for Kids' Eyesight

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Why Sunshine Is Good for Kids' Eyesight

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The sun, it seems, is a remarkably good eye doctor. Researchers have found that kids who spent more time outside were much less likely to develop nearsightedness than children who spent more time indoors. Here are some of the findings:

* AN OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY STUDY reported that, among American children with two nearsighted parents, those who spent at least two hours a day outdoors were four times less likely to be nearsighted than those who spent less than one hour per day outside.

* A STUDY COMPARING THE EYESIGHT of Chinese children in Singapore and Chinese children in Australia found that the Singapore kids were almost nine times more likely to be nearsighted than those in Australia. The only major difference between the two groups was that the children in Australia spent about 14 hours a week outdoors, compared with the kids in Singapore who spent only about three hours a week outdoors. The study was reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

Nearsightedness, also called myopia, often develops between ages 6 and 8 and tends to worsen as children get older. The trait is often inherited, but that doesn't explain why it has become so much more common in the modern world. …

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