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 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.