Want to prevent myopia? Head outdoors.

I’ve done a couple of posts on the apparent health benefits of exposure to nature

In case you missed it, Australian researchers have just completed a study that concludes that exposure to sunlight is a major factor in the incidence of myopia.

Comparing six and seven-year-old Chinese children in Singapore and Australia, they found that 30 percent of the Singaporeans were myopic, against just 1.3 percent of the Australians. The differentiating factor was the amount of time spent outdoors – 30 minutes for the Singaporeans versus two hours for the Australians.

“What we would suggest,” said the researchers, “is that what’s happened in east Asia is that they have got the balance totally out of kilter.”

What an indictment.

You can read more here:
Red Sports – Spending time outdoors in the sun stops myopia
AFP via Yahoo News – Sunlight can help children avoid myopia

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One response to “Want to prevent myopia? Head outdoors.

  1. Numerous studies have shown that excessive near work causes nearsightedness (Myopia), such as studies done with Eskimo communities where prior to the institution of traditional schools and jobs that require a lot of close-up work, there was a very low incidence of Myopia. Afterward, the incidence of Myopia increase substantially.

    Vision Therapy has been around for over 50 years. Behavioral Optometrists and Vision Therapists specialize in teaching people eye exercises that can improve vision and reduce diopters. To locate a local practitioner, go to http://www.oep.org

    One of the leading behavioral optometrists in the Country is Dr. Marc Grossman. You can get his free eye exercise booklet to start your exercises at http://www.naturaleyecare.com

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