28 Oct '11, 2am

Is lack of outdoor play making kids nearsighted?

Is lack of outdoor play making kids nearsighted?

What's the connection between vision and outdoor play? As usual, the researchers can't really predict with certainty but there is at least one theory that may hold some water. Kids who spend more time outdoors spend more time looking at distant objects - that tree in the distance, the bank on the other side of the pond, or even their friends over on the other side of the playground. Another theory is that exposure to natural light may improve a child's distance vision. Researchers also suggested that children who spend more time outdoors are likely to spend less time doing activities that involved close vision like reading, coloring, or playing computer games.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/family/family-activities/blogs/is-lack...

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