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Increasing levels of myopia linked to environmental trends

ABC

An eye that myopic is an eye that is growing too fast, too quickly and what we are actually thinking may be occurring is that when children spend enough time outdoors, they’re getting enough release of retinal dopamine to actually regulate the growth of their eye.

There’s now been two trials, one in Taiwan and one in China, that have actually shown that they can actually reduce the incidents of myopia in those populations by increasing time outdoors in the children. There seems to be general agreement that somewhere around 10 to 15 hours a week outdoors is enough to prevent the development of myopia.



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