Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers

Time indoors is damaging children’s sight

Spending too much time inside is damaging our eyesight

A new study suggests that children should spend more time outdoors to prevent them from becoming short-sighted.

Experts at the Beijing Institute of Ophthalmology have been looking into the effects of remaining indoors on school children.

As part of a trial pupils in China were taught in huge translucent boxes to try and halt their vision decline.

The study found that 80 per cent of children were short-sighted.

Researchers say those taught in the glass box school classrooms had a reduced myopia of 23 per cent.

Myopia can be a potentially blinding condition due to its association with retinal detachment.

It is thought around 40 per cent of Britons suffer from the condition, or short-sightedness, with experts warning that the figure is rising.

Symptoms of short-sightedness often start around puberty and gradually get worse until the eye is fully grown.

British laser eye surgeon Dr David Allamby said: “For 100 years we have researched into the effects of reading and prolonged study on making short-sightedness worse.

It has become a common belief that spending too much time inside a book, or today on a screen, will make anyone’s eyesight worse.

Recent research might have turned this on its head. That’s why today some Chinese schoolchildren are going to school inside a big glass box.”

For parents it is important not to neglect your eyes nor the eyes of your children.

Often youngsters do not complain about their eyesight or their eyes hurting.

There are things to look out for such as is your child sitting to close too the TV or blinking a lot?

It is recommended that adults and children have eyesight tests every two years.

For more information visit: www.nhs.uk

 

Related entries

Dad.info LIVE: The First Year is Survival

Dad.info LIVE: The First Year is Survival

On Thursday 29th October at 12 Noon  Dad.info will be live on Facebook chatting all things TWINS!   CLICK HERE TO JOIN US LIVE AT 12 NOON Leonie and Josh Huie, Mum and Dad to fraternal twin girls (their twin heartbeats) chat with Ian Soars, CEO of Dad.info...

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys...

Rule of Six

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries

The Best Family Walks in Britain

The Best Family Walks in Britain

We could all do with exercise, fresh air and some lovely low-cost days out, not to mention some beautiful scenery. Charles Clinkard have put together a list of the 40 greatest walks for families in Britain, taking into account a number of helpful amenities such as...

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

How To Keep Your Child Safe Online

As a parent of a 10 year old who is rapidly approaching the age where he will be getting his own phone, I’m concerned about ensuring he isn’t exposed to a cavalcade of disturbing things online. I’m worrying about bullying, about him being contacted or making friends...

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan

21 Things You Didn’t Know About Japan

The Olympics have started! Despite a lack of fans (crowd noise will be piped into the stadiums instead) the event is still as important as ever and makes for great summer viewing. So at Dad.Info we have rounded up 21 interesting facts about Japan to both liberally...

Pin It on Pinterest