A recent study from Australia shows that 10 to 14 hours of sunlight per week may reduce a child’s chance of becoming near-sighted. Interestingly enough, in Australia wearing hats is required at primary school and is encouraged for outdoor activities.
Differences in the prevalence of myopia have been found between countries. The differences seem to relate to high levels of myopia in highly urbanized, academically focused countries with an emphasis on early competitive education systems versus low levels in less urbanized and/or countries with more emphasis on learning through play at an early age.
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- Seeing the Light: Why Sun Exposure May Be Good for Your Eyes (marksdailyapple.com)
- Are Gadgets to Blame for Nearsightedness? (abcnews.go.com)