Skip to comments.Outdoor Activity And Nearsightedness In Children
Posted on 08/05/2008 6:31:11 AM PDT by fightinJAG
ScienceDaily (Aug. 5, 2008) A growing number of the world's children are mildly to severely nearsighted (myopic), with rates especially high among urbanized East Asians. In addition to coping with poor distance vision, children with severe myopia are more prone to visual impairment and blindness later in life.
Although genetic inheritance plays a role, the rapid rise of myopia suggests that environmental factors are driving the trend. Myopia usually begins and progresses during children's school years, but research on the role of intensive reading or other "near work" has determined that this is a minor factor. A new study led by Kathryn A. Rose, MD, used data from the Sydney Myopia Study of more than 4,000 Australian school children to assess whether outdoor activity might be significant in controlling myopia.
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LOL! Or kill you.
I agree that for the eyes, like most of the body, use promotes fitness.
I recall my eye doctor telling me when I was prescribed glasses for astigmatism to not wear them too much, as it would make my eyes worse and more dependent on the glasses.
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Ditto that (including the bit about "no air conditioning"), except for being "in the country" in South Louisiana.
My childhood was just the same, except that it occured in what was then rural Maryland. I too am very nearsighted. I read a lot as a child, but spent most of my time outdoors in the woods hunting and tracking with a bow and arrow or a BB gun, so I can’t blame TV.
My husband and I spent our childhoods outside, and read a lot. He’s far sighted and I’m nearsighted. Grew up in the same town, same backgrounds. No tv, no ac, just tossed outside in the morning and get back at dark. Considering all of this, can I get a govmn’t grant to figure this out?
Same story here. Very nearsighted, no air, no TV, lot of time outside.
One good thing about being nearsighted, though; Christmas lights look awesome. When I take my glasses off, it’s like I’m looking at six times as many lights.
It might just be as simple as adequate Vitamin D, something your body makes when exposed to sunlight.
Now, that’s a thought.