Is it time to revisit “go play outside” with our children?

Many adults will remember the phrase “go play outside” from their childhood. A phrase that always seemed to be uttered at a time when they most wanted to stay inside and watch TV. But time moves on, and now for many of us, it is time to start reminding our children “to go play outside”.


Recent evidence points to the increased need for this in our modern society as a way to ensure your children are protected from the risks of myopia (or short-sightedness). The American Academy of Ophthalmology heard from researchers who had found a clear link between time spent outside and decreased levels of myopia – this link could even be quantified as for each additional hour spent outside, the chance of myopia dropped by 2 percent.


The reasons for this protective effect are not as yet clear with research efforts focusing on:

  • increased use of distance vision,

  • reduced use of near vision,
  • natural ultra violet light exposure or
  • physical activity.


While the reasons are being uncovered it could well be a good time to remind your children (and yourself) that today is a good day to go play outside.



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