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Children Really Need to “Go Play Outside” to Prevent a Serious Eyesight Problem, Researchers Warn

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Getting children to play outside will benefit their eyesight and reduce their risk of becoming shortsighted, experts say.

Shortsightedness, or myopia, is becoming increasingly common the world over. By 2050, nearly 4.8 billion people will be affected by this visual disorder, which is about 2.8 billion more people than in 2010.

In China, where over 90 percent of young people are shortsighted, the problem is considered an epidemic.

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