Two hours of outdoor play a day keeps myopia away

Although scientists can't confirm the exact mechanisms by which outdoor play or sunlight exposure prevents myopia, there have been several postulations about the benefits of outdoor sunlight exposure, said Dr Claudine Pang.
Although scientists can't confirm the exact mechanisms by which outdoor play or sunlight exposure prevents myopia, there have been several postulations about the benefits of outdoor sunlight exposure, said Dr Claudine Pang.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - To keep myopia at bay, children should play outdoors for two hours a day and avoid prolonged near-work.

That's the advice from the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), as the daylight that the children are exposed to will play a vital part in helping to prevent or delay the onset of myopia, a vision disorder where distant objects appear blurry.

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