In the 21st Century many young people spend the bulk of their time staring at smartphones and computers. Children today who spurn outdoor activities may be putting their vision at risk. While short-sightedness, or myopia, is often attributed to genetics, experts say otherwise; researchers say that children who do not spend enough time outdoors are at a higher risk of visual impairment.
"There is not much you can do about when your child is born … but periods indoors doing indoor activities does increase your risk of myopia," study co-author Katie Williams. "A healthy balance of time outdoors and a balance during early education is important."
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“Children Really Need to "Go Play Outside" to Prevent a Serious Eyesight Problem, Researchers Warn”