Another Reason to Get Your Kids Outside
Posted by administration on October 9, 2013
Getting your kids to play outside may not only help prevent obesity…it may also be beneficial for their eye health. According to two studies done in Taiwan and Denmark, spending more time outdoors may help minimize or prevent nearsightedness (myopia) in children. The full research was published in the May issue of Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Genetics are often responsible for the development of myopia in children, but these studies have shown that the environment may also play a factor. According to Medical News Today, nearsightedness has increased in the United States by more than 65% since 1970, and researchers are studying why this condition is increasing so rapidly in the U.S. as well as in other countries.
The Taiwan study compared students who were required to spend 80 minutes of recess outdoors per day versus students who were not. Those who were required to play outdoors had fewer instances of myopia. In the Danish study, students’ axial eye length was tested for students in seven different groups with varying access to daylight hours. (When the axial eye length becomes longer, myopia worsens.) The children who experienced less daylight had larger axial eye growth than those exposed to more daylight.
Nearsightedness is one condition that can be corrected by LASIK eye surgery in adults. At [Name of Practice], we would rather help patients prevent nearsightedness, if possible, but we are also focused on helping adult patients correct their vision problems through LASIK.
If you are nearsighted and would like to see if LASIK could correct your vision, contact Great Plains Eye Specialiststoday at 877-576-0202 or wrightvisioncenter.com to schedule a free LASIK Consultation in Rapid City.
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