Years of myopia control, data and research have led to the widespread belief that the condition is largely a result of either aging or genetics, or a combination of the two. While there is plenty of evidence supporting this, several studies have revealed new information that recently uncovered another risk-factor: childhood outdoor physical activity. It’s important to note, however, that this does not in any way dismiss or disprove the other known factors. Rather, it’s additional knowledge to help us in the fight against myopia.
Read on as our specialists at the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children dive right into the new studies and provide you with a quick overview of their significant breakthroughs.
In a 2017 optometrist review by the Shanghai Eye Disease Prevention and Treatment Centre in China and Brien Holden Vision Institute in Australia, researchers found that an additional two hours of outdoor activities under the sun may cut the risk of children developing myopia later in adulthood by about 50%. The study, published in the journal Acta Ophthalmologica, points out, however, that the same increase in outdoor activities had no effect on those who already had myopia.
Starting Them Young
Additionally, in a similar study by the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, scientists have determined a particular range of ages when the effects of outdoor physical activities such as playing and sports greatly affected the onset of age-related myopia.
Eye doctor Caroline Klaver, part of the team that conducted the study, reports, “Lifestyle in early youth is very much associated with onset of myopia. Not being outside, and performing lots of near work will increase risk a lot.”
To learn more about the risk factors of early-onset myopia and keep your children’s eyes healthy and in good shape, contact a local myopia control specialist in your area.