Children who spend more time outdoors have a lower risk of developing myopia - a visual disturbance that prevents seeing well from afar and makes the images appear blurry - according to the results of a study conducted by the Fundación Rementería, in which 150 children have participated.

Experts have repeatedly recommended that children's time spent on activities and games abroad should be increased, because the abuse of computers and video games not only contributes to sedentary lifestyles and childhood obesity, but there are studies that show that increases the chances of suffering myopia.

The abuse of computers and video games, not only contributes to childhood obesity, but there are studies that show that increases the risk of suffering myopia

A study prepared by the Universidad Internacional Valenciana reveals that 77.7% of children and 65% of girls, aged between eight and nine years old, dedicate to video games between four and six hours a day on average. In addition, it emphasizes that the young ones begin in the videojuegos at an earlier age each time, between the five and the six years.

As explained by Dr. Celiz Sánchez Ramos, director of the Department of Optics at the Complutense University, the sooner children begin to use electronic devices in which they fix their eyes closely, the greater the risk of developing functional myopia caused. Therefore, parents should be vigilant so that children do not use these devices, and limit their use as children grow up, encouraging outdoor activities and sports instead.

Spending more time outside could lower risk of nearsightedness in children (November 2019).