Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Reason No. 28 to Hike with Kids: Avoid Nearsightedness

Taking children on day hikes can reduce nearsightedness, research says.
If looking to save some money on your kids’ optometry bills, then take them on a day hike.

Exposure to natural sunlight reduces the chances of nearsightedness, according to a new study by the Ohio State University College of Optometry. Being outdoors for about 14 hours a week I enough to make a difference, the study says.

Exactly why this occurs is unclear, but the researchers speculated that exposure to different types of outdoor light helps in the proper growth of children from ages 5-9. In addition, the sun’s ultraviolet B light aids in the creation of vitamin D, which helps the eye to focus light on the retina.

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