Nearsightedness Myopia Risk Children

Baltimore Washington Eye Center, Maryland

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Nearsighted Risk in Baltimore Children

Baltimore Washington Eye Center provided some useful information about nearsighted risk in children. According to researchers reporting on the risk of nearsightedness or myopia in children, increased time spent in natural light and viewing distant objects during childhood may reduce the risk of nearsightedness. A review of data of 10,400 participants showed that for each additional hour outdoors per week, the chance of developing myopia dropped by about 2%, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It was reported that myopic or nearsighted children included in the study tended to spend about 3.7 fewer hours per week outdoors than children with normal vision or hyperopia. 

Furthermore, increasing outdoor time might reduce the chances of myopia worsening, according to the release. 

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