A recent study shows that kids who constantly avoid playing outside increase the risk of becoming short-sighted.
The researchers from the University of Cambridge made an extensive study on the effects of outside play on kids in terms of their physical aspect, especially their eyesight. According to the researchers, every hour of playtime outside can reduce the dangers of myopia or nearsightedness by as much as 2%. It’s a relatively small change in the eyes’ ability to see clearly but the kids who put in more hours will see the difference.
The relationship of outside play to eyesight is very unique considering outside play often revolves around muscle development, skills improvement or simply weight loss. But according to researchers, there are two factors involved in outside play that helps reduce physical problems related to myopia. The first factor is the sun, looking directly at the sun is dangerous for kids and adults alike but the sunlight that radiates during the day for kids can help reduce myopia.
Another factor that helps reduce myopia is the fact that kids playing outside can enjoy a wider view of the area instead of the confined spaces at home. Looking at objects at a distance is a form of exercise to the eye. Kids who play outside prevent myopia because their eyes are already experienced and can easily deal with the sun.
But even though outside play can reduce the risk of short-sightedness, it doesn’t mean that you just stay outside the whole day. The UV rays from the sun can still cause significant damage.