Reducing Nearsightedness in Children

Nearsightedness (myopia) in children is often treatable, but it may also be linked to more severe forms of the eye disorder in adulthood. With a recent increase in this common eye disorder, researchers have set out to find if environmental factors could play a role. Two new studies, one in Taiwan and one in Denmark, may have found that link.

The Taiwanese study found that children who spent at least 80 minutes a day outdoors were less likely to develop nearsightedness, suggesting the act of being outdoors alone played a role in reducing the risk of childhood myopia. The Danish study took things a step further, monitoring the amount of time children spent in direct sunlight and found, unequivocally, that children who spent more time exposed to sunlight were less likely to develop myopia.

Time Outdoors

Time outdoors is essential for the physical and emotional development of children, and is now linked to a lower chance of nearsightedness. However, it is important to remember that sun exposure can harm vision as well.

To help you child receive the benefits of being outdoors without the risks of sun exposure and eye damage, make sure to outfit them with high quality sunglasses purchased from an experienced ophthalmologist. While there, talk to your ophthalmologist about vision screening for your child to help ensure optimal vision under any conditions.

To learn more about protecting your children’s eyes, please contact an eye doctor in your area today.

Identifying the Gene Mutations that Cause Myopia

Researchers at Duke Medicine believe they have found the gene mutations that cause the common eye disorder myopia (nearsightedness). The Researchers have discovered that when the genes that regulate copper and oxygen in eye tissue mutate, they can result in high-grade myopia, a condition that has been linked to an increased risk for issues such as:

  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment
  • Cataracts

These findings, however preliminary, are paving the way for future research into copper deficiency and its link to high-grade myopia. Researchers are hoping to find a link that will enable them to help prevent serious disorders by addressing copper deficiency rather than necessitating more invasive procedures.

Protecting Your Eyes

High-grade myopia effects only two percent of the population, but myopia itself is the most common eye disorder in the United States. While there is no cure for myopia, it can be treated with glasses, contact lenses, and often through surgical procedures such as LASIK and PRK.

If you suffer from myopia and are interested in learning more about your options, talk to your ophthalmologist to find the solution that is best suited to meet your particular needs.

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