Time spent outdoors could see your child’s eyesight improve
AT LEAST TWO HOURS A DAY IN SUNSHINE CAN HELP PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF MYOPIA IN CHILDREN.
Technology is evolving quickly, and kids seem quite capable of keeping up with it. Many of them spend hours with electronic devices and you may see a correlation between that usage and sedentary lifestyle (and related health issues). The strain of the screens on children’s eyes has lead to a rise in myopia to almost epidemic levels in Asia, with 90% of young adults reportedly short-sighted. In Europe, that ratio is 40% to 50%. Ophthalmologists in the UK are now encouraging parents to get their kids to play outdoors as much as possible. At least two hours a day in sunshine can help prevent the development of myopia in children, say the experts, plus a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins A, C and E. So not just a healthy dose of sunlight, but also lots of fish and veggies, too.