World Sight Day 2019: Staying Indoors Increases Chances of Myopia In Children, Says WHO Report

The World Health Organization (WHO) report on vision problems issued a warning saying that children with more time spent indoors have increased vision problems like myopia.

Written by: Vani Malik Updated at: 2019-10-09 16:25

2.2 billion people worldwide witnesses eye-related problems, states a report by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to news agency Effe, in a report carried out on October 8, the growing cases of sight-related problems are not directly linked to the use of smartphones or any other gadgets. In a document presented by Spain's doctor Alarcos Cija, WHO coordinator for the prevention of blindness and deafness, it is revealed that 2.2 billion people worldwide suffer from some eye problems.

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Inactive Lifestyle Can Be A Reason

In many countries, the increasing number of elderly people, and especially in low-income countries, are to some extent responsible for ophthalmic therapy, but physical inactivity and lifestyle changes are the main reasons behind the increase in eye problems.

This report especially stressed on how the increasing cases of myopia are linked to staying indoors. This primarily indicates how an inactive lifestyle not just adds to weight-related issues in children but also harm their vision. Dr Cieja told Effe, "We have to motivate our children to spend more time outside the home because it not just helps in tackling the issue of obesity in kids but, but also prevents myopia,".

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However, neither he nor the report directly advised children to spend less time on computers, TVs, mobiles or other screen devices. The focus is only on physical exertion and outdoor activities. According to the WHO, about half of the current eye problems could be prevented.

Wondering how to promote good eyesight in kids, the following are some dietary modifications that one can make to ensure healthy vision:

Green leafy vegetables: Carotenoids are found in spinach, cabbage and other leafy vegetables, which protect the macula (the area of the retina that is responsible for central vision).

Vitamin-Rich vegetables: Include fruits and vegetables in your diet that are high in vitamin A, C, E and beta carotene. Citrus fruits primarily give us the ability to see correctly in the daylight.

Garlic and onions: Sulfur is found in large quantities in garlic and onion which produces antioxidants for the eyes.

Soymilk: Soymilk is low in fat and high in protein. It contains essential fatty acids, vitamin E and inflammation-reducing elements.

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