Every week I keep up-to-date with the goings on in the health and fitness industry by reading numerous blogs, articles and websites.
Last week I found a very interesting piece from one such site - drmirkin.com
It has to do with how to reduce the risk of your child developing nearsightedness. Not somthing I had ever heard about for sure.
Dr. Mirkin recommended taking your child outside as often as possible. The reason:
"growing children spend too much time indoors (Archives of Ophthalmology, June and December 2009). Nearsightedness is not caused by reading at a young age. It appears to be caused at least in part by not getting enough sunlight."
In other words - get your child outside often!
Research has shown that from 1970 to 2000, the incidence of nearsightedness has almost doubled. The cause of this dramatic increase? Dr. Mirkin reckons it is"probably because as an infant grows, the eyes adjust to the amount of available light. Sunlight sets the normal distance between the lens and the eye nerve called the retina. However, when a child spends most of his time under artificial lights, the eye accommodates to this decrease in light by extending the distance between the lens and the retina. This makes far away objects appear blurred and a person becomes nearsighted."
Once again - get your child outside often!