Spending Time Outdoors Is Good For Your Eyes

Today’s children are more likely to be nearsighted. A team of researchers has an explanation for this. They believe that the reason that so many children today are nearsighted is because they are not spending enough time outdoors. This is not a new idea.


Nearsightedness, which is also known as myopia, has been on the rise for several years. It is estimated that 30 percent of people will have myopia by the time that they reach adulthood. This problem is even more common in other parts of the world, such as Asia. In some parts of Asia, 95 percent of people have to wear glasses or contacts.


Previous studies have suggested that today’s children spend too much time looking at close-up objects, such as televisions and cell phones. Other studies have shown that the reason more children are being diagnosed with myopia is because they are spending less time outside. The new Canadian subject has confirmed this.


The researchers stated that a child’s chance of developing myopia drops by 14 percent for every hour that he or she spends outside. Mike Yang was the lead author of the study. He is also an optometrist. The study followed 166 students in Waterloo during the 2014 to 2015 school year. They were asked questions about the amount of time that they spent outdoors per week. Mike believes that the reason people who spend a lot of time indoors are more likely to have vision problem is because the light outside is much brighter.


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