See the light on myopia

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The lack of outdoor play may be a bigger problem behind myopia and experts are recommending children head outdoors for healthier eyes

Myopia is sometimes blamed entirely on bad genes or linked to frequent digital media use, but the bigger problem could be the lack of outdoor play as children here bury themselves in prolonged near-work each day.

"It's two things - the intensity of light that you get outdoors and the fact that you're not doing near-work while you are outdoors," said Associate Professor Audrey Chia, the co-clinical director of the newly opened Myopia Centre by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC).

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 07, 2019, with the headline 'See the light on myopia'. Print Edition | Subscribe