View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Spending more time outdoors is associated with reduced odds of myopia in children and adolescents, according to a study being presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, held from Oct. 22 to 25 in Orlando, Fla.
Justin Sherwin, M.B.B.S., from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, and colleagues reviewed recent eye health studies to investigate the association between outdoor time and the risk of myopia in children. Eight studies on outdoor time and childhood myopia, including a total of 10,400 children and adolescents, were included. In two of the studies, the amount of time spent performing near work, including playing computer games and studying, was investigated.
The investigators found that each additional hour of outdoor time per week was associated with a 2 percent decrease in the chances of myopia. Compared with farsighted children and those with normal vision, nearsighted children spent an average of 3.7 fewer hours outdoors per week. There was no association between spending more time outdoors and the amount of time performing near work.
"Increasing children's outdoor time could be a simple and cost-effective measure with important benefits for their vision and general health," the authors write.
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top