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Being active outdoors during recess may slow onset of myopia in children
Being active outdoors during recess may slow onset of myopia in children

(February 26, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Taiwan – Being active outdoors during recess slows onset and progression of myopia (near-sightedness), according to research published in Ophthalmology. Researchers studied two groups of children—an intervention group that had children participate in outdoor activities during recess and a control group that did not have any special programs during recess. Participants had their axial length and cycloplegic autorefraction measured at baseline and again after a year. Results showed that there was no difference between the two groups at the beginning of the study, in regards to prevalence of myopia. However, after 1 year,  new onset of myopia and myopic shift were both significantly lower in the intervention group.

 
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