Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Cheap Solution to Early Myopia for Most Kids

Eye experts increasingly believe that time spent outdoors could reduce the likelihood that children will develop myopia, or nearsightedness, a condition in which distance vision is blurred,” starts a post for the LATimes . “'Your mother was doing the right thing when she said, 'Go outside and play,”' says Earl Smith, dean of the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. Myopia is on the rise around the world. A recent study found that in Americans ages 12 to 54, the prevalence of myopia increased 66% between 1970 and 2000. Asia has also experienced a sharp jump in nearsightedness in urban areas. "Nearsightedness is showing up at younger ages and at higher progression rates," says Thomas Aller, an optometrist based in San Bruno.”

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