; Nearsightedness Myopia Risk Children

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Children & Nearsighted Risk

Indiana Ophthalmologist Scott Buck, M.D. commented on research regarding the risk of nearsightedness in children. “At the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology researchers reported that increased time spent in natural light and viewing distant objects during childhood may reduce the risk of nearsightedness in children,” explained Dr. Buck. “This time of year we see a great number of children for back to school eye exams at Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center and we do try to explain to parents how to help kids minimize the risk of myopia.” 

A review of data of 10,400 participants showed that for each additional hour outdoors per week, the chance of developing myopia dropped by about 2%, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. It was reported that myopic or nearsighted children included in the study tended to spend about 3.7 fewer hours per week outdoors than children with normal vision or hyperopia. Further, increasing outdoor time might reduce the chances of myopia worsening, according to the study. 

If you or someone you know has a question about children’s eye health and vision, nearsightedness or wish to schedule an eye examination for children of any age please feel free to contact Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center at 219-464-8223, visit Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center or facebook.com/nwindianaeyeandlaser and schedule an appointment so we can help. 

Northwest Indiana Eye & Laser Center in Valparaiso, IN is staffed by a team of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma as well as contact lenses, eyeglasses, eyewear and optical services. We are conveniently located for patients seeking eye care from throughout northern Indiana including La Porte, Mishawaka, South Bend, Michigan City, Crown Point, Merrillville, Chesterton, South Haven, Westville, Hebron, Lowell, Valparaiso and Walkerton as well as Chicago, Illinois suburban areas of Frankfurt, Calumet City, Monee and Crete.