Sunshine good for healthy eyes

Results from a long-term myopia study examining more than 2000 children have found that exposure to sunshine is important for the healthy development of a child’s eyeball.

Exposure to sunlight not only reduces the likelihood of the development of myopia for all ethnicities but mitigates the the vulnerability of children with one or both parents myopic.

Staring at television and computer screens has little effect on the emergence of refractive errors in the eye, the study claims.

Researchers recommend children spend at least 10 hours per week outdoors in the sunshine as an important public health measure.

Read more at University of Sydney