Due to the increasing prevalence of myopia there are a number of options available to help manage the progression of myopia, and ongoing research for future options.
1) Spend more time outdoors.
Research has found that spending time playing outside as a child may reduce your chances of becoming short-sighted, and existing short-sightedness may progress less quickly. This may be related to light levels outdoors being much brighter than indoors. Both sport and relaxation outdoors appear to be beneficial in reducing the risk of short-sightedness. It is recommended to spend 2 hours outdoors daily.
2) Take breaks from excessive close work
Spending a lot of time focusing your eyes on nearby objects, such as reading, writing and possibly using hand-held devices (phones and tablets) and computers can also increase your risk of developing short-sightedness. An "everything in moderation" approach is therefore generally recommended. Although children should be encouraged to read, they should also spend some time away from reading and computer games each day doing outdoor activities.
We recommend following the 30/30/OUT rule.
- When carrying out near tasks - keep the phone, book, table etc. more than 30cm away from your eyes.
- After 30 minutes of close work, take a break and look at something in the far distance.
- Spend more time outdoors
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