Myopia, better known as nearsightedness, is much more common nowadays than it was just 40 years ago, according to American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). But why? Could it be the increasing popularity of computers, video games, television, and other indoor activities? Well, according to research, the answer could be yes!
According to a study presented at the 115th Annual Meeting of the AAO in Orlando, Florida, spending more time outdoors could decrease the likelihood of nearsightedness in children. Myopia currently affects 33% of Americans, causing the blurring of objects at a distance. However, researchers claim that each additional hour spent outdoors during a week helps decrease the risk of developing nearsightedness.
“This translates to about a 13% reduced chance of developing nearsightedness per extra hour per day of physical activity outdoors,” said researcher Anthony Khawaja, MBBS, an ophthalmologist at the University of Cambridge, U.K.
According to the study, children with myopia typically stayed indoors around four hours more per week than children with normal vision.
“Increasing children’s outdoor time could be a simple and cost-effective measure with important benefits for their vision and general health,” said Khawaja.
Do you suffer from nearsightedness? Do you even know? When was the last time you had your eyes examined by an ophthalmologist or optometrist? Schedule an appointment with the Anne Arundel Eye Center, Your Annapolis Eye Doctor.
Led by Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Samuel Boles, the Anne Arundel Eye Center offers complete ophthalmic exams to help diagnose common eye problems, such as nearsightedness and farsightedness. So if you are experiencing blurred vision, squinting, and fatigue, schedule an appointment at either of our state-of-the-art treatment centers. And if you are diagnosed with either nearsightedness, we will be happy to provide you with a referral to an optometrist or ophthalmologist who can fit you for glasses or contacts or provide Lasik services.
To learn more about The Link between the Outdoors & Your Eyesight, please contact Dr. Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists at Anne Arundel Eye Center by calling 410-224-2010 or visit AnneArundelEyeCenter.com today. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and YouTube as well!
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.
- Does Playing Outdoors Benefit Kids’ Vision? WebMD
- 115th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Orlando, Fla., Oct. 23-25, 2011.
- Anthony Khawaja, MBBS, ophthalmologist, University of Cambridge, U.K.
- Anne Sumers, MD, ophthalmologist, Ridgewood, N.J.