Friday, March 27, 2015

Reason No. 30 to Hike with Kids: Better eyesight

If your children are having trouble seeing in school, tell them to focus more on hiking. That’s because an array of new studies suggest that kids who spend more time playing outdoors tend to have far lower rates of myopia than kids who spend much of their time indoors.

Why? The eyes of kids who spend more time outdoors constantly must adjust their focal lengths. Such “exercising” is good for developing eyes, researchers say. In addition, sunshine releases dopamine from the retina, which some scientists speculate may have a protective effect.

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