Outdoor playtime might help kids’ eyesight

The ready accessibility to new technologies may build the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does all of that screen hour affect the development of their eyes?

While conventional wisdom dictates that children should do less up-close viewing, sit farther from the television and perhaps even wear their eyeglasses less, we have found in recent analyzes that another factor may be at play: Kids need to go outside, and, if not play, at the least get some general exposure to outdoor light.

To our astound, more time outdoors had a protective effect and reduced the opportunities that a child would go on to need myopic refractive correction in the future. The size of the effect was impressive.

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