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Outdoor play and eyesight research

08-05-2013

Spending more time outdoors may help prevent or minimize shortsightedness (myopia) in children, according to two new studies published in the journal Ophthalmology.

One study found that Taiwanese school children required to play outdoors during playtimes had a reduced risk of shortsightedness. A separate study carried out in Danish children is the first to report a direct correlation between seasonal fluctuations in daylight, eye growth, and shortsightedness progression.

The Taiwanese study authors recommend that primary schools add frequent breaks and other outdoor activities to their daily schedules to safeguard children’s eye development and vision.

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