Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that usually begins during childhood, which is why it’s a common concern among parents. Those who are nearsighted have an eyeball that’s longer than normal, causing light to fall in front of where it’s supposed to land. As a result, this causes blurry vision when looking at something far, while near things are seen clearly. Without proper management, myopia may compromise your child’s growth and development.
Several studies have reported that spending time outdoors can help reduce myopia risk in children. Here’s what Eye and Vision Care, your provider of quality frames and other eye care services, has to say:
How Spending Time Outdoors Reduce Your Child’s Myopia Risk
It is well-known that the human eye and its various components undergo majority of their growth and maturation during the younger years. This is why the eyes’ growth patterns are more sensitive to environmental influences. This means spending time outdoors may prevent the elongation of the eyes, lowering myopia risk, especially in children.
This is why many providers of eyeglass frames and other eye care believe that letting your kids play outdoors can lower their risk of being nearsighted. A related study found that it’s not necessary that the children are exposed to strong sunlight. Spending relatively long periods under low outdoor light intensity, such as when you’re under a tree, is enough to protect the eyes.
Another group of researchers also mentioned that having children play outside for around 15 hours every week will do. However, they added that restriction on “near work” is also needed. This means that parents should not allow more than 45 continuous minutes of doing close-range activities, such as watching TV or playing computer games.
Ways to Control Myopia Progression
While the results of these various studies about the outdoors and myopia are encouraging, most of them have acknowledged that further studies are still needed. In the meantime, your eye doctor may recommend wearing prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct your vision. We may also prescribe orthokeratology, which involves leaving specialized corneal molds on your eyes as you sleep. They are engineered to reshape your eyes so you can wake up the next day with improved visual acuity.
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