The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 21, 2013

Too much time indoors may damage kids` eyes

By Jim Birt
For The Daily Item

MELBOURNE — Melbourne: It`s not watching too much television or playing computer games but spending too much time indoors that will ruin your child`s eyes, according to a new study.

The five-year study by Sydney University researchers suggests children aged under six years should spend at least 10 hours a week outdoors in the sunshine to reduce their risk of becoming short-sighted or myopic.

Orthoptist Professor Kathryn Rose, head of the study, explained that exposure to direct sunlight at a young age helps prevent the eyeball from growing too fast and becoming oval or egg-shaped instead of round, reported.

The researchers noted that prevention of myopia is important for future eye health because even low levels of the condition can create a higher risk of cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood.