Outdoor play good for your Child’s Better Vision

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Nov 02, 2011

Outdoor play good for your Child Better VisionBritish researchers have revealed another reason to encourage your kids for outdoor activities. The Cambridge University study has shown that more of outdoor activities can prevent the kids from developing near-sightedness. Since the children need to focus on objects farther away and get exposed to natural light much more when they are out in the sun, it improves their eyesight.

The data they have reviewed has revealed that the kids who suffer from myopia or nearsightedness spend 3.7 fewer hours out of the house. The researchers gathered data from 8 different studies and their analysis shows that odds of a child being nearsighted dip by two percent, with the increase of every hour spent outside, per week.

One of the researchers of the Cambridge University study, Anthony Khawaja said that increasing a child’s outdoor activities is an uncomplicated and inexpensive way of improving their eyesight and general health. He added that there is need for further studies to evaluate which factor in particular helped in improving eyesight the most, i.e. whether it is increased distance vision, lessening of instances of near vision, exposure to natural ultra-violet light or physical activity.

Myopia is a common problem all over the world with 42 percent of American and over 80 percent of Asian population suffering from it, in one way or the other. Children and teenagers have been more affected by it in the past few decades. So, it is one more reason for parents to encourage their kids to go out and play in the sun.


Read more articles on Kids (4-7)



Is it Helpful Article?YES1 Vote 11503 Views 0 Comment
I have read the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Conditions. I provide my consent for my data to be processed for the purposes as described and receive communications for service related information.
This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK