Lions Say Fly a Kite for Sight
Outdoor Activity May Protect Against Myopia
Myopia, or near sightedness, is a common vision problem where children see very well when reading and writing or using a hand-held device, but distant objects are blurred.
Torquay Lions Club President, Neil Roche, reminded people that Thursday 14th October is World Sight Day. Its theme is ‘Love Your Eyes’.
“Lions Clubs throughout Australia are encouraging children to get outdoors based on studies showing outdoor activities and sunlight may protect young eyes against near sightedness,” he said.
Neil, a recently retired optometrist pointed out that evidence shows that sunlight has special properties beneficial to vision health.
“Specifically, exposure to sunshine reduces the chances of developing near sightedness,” he advised. The quality of artificial light and nutrition also play roles,” Neil highlighted.
School children in parts of Asia have an increasingly gruelling study schedule and myopia rates among students have skyrocketed to 90% in some countries.
Lion Neil pointed out that this is of significant concern as Myopia is also associated with retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and myopic maculopathy.
“We should spend a little time outdoors each day. This is best done in the morning to avoid eye and skin damage caused by excess exposure to UV light.
“To sum up, outdoor activity (like flying a kite) is a simple, free and effective method to help prevent myopia onset.
“Outdoor activity is also recommended to overcome the increasing amount of time spent on close-up work in the current era of handheld devices,” Neil concluded.
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