Boston Pediatric Ophthalmologist on Nearsighted Risk in Children

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Boston Pediatric Ophthalmologist on Nearsighted Risk in Children

Boston Pediatric Ophthalmologist Oren Weisberg, M.D. reviewed information about nearsighted risk or risk of myopia in children. “Parents who are nearsighted themselves or who have children with nearsightedness are often curious about causes their myopia and how it might be prevented,’ commented Dr. Weisberg.

According to research reported at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on the risk of nearsightedness, or myopia, in children, increased time spent in natural light and viewing distant objects during childhood may reduce the risk of nearsightedness. A review of data of 10,400 participants showed that for each additional hour outdoors per week, the chance of developing myopia dropped by about 2%, according to a presentation at the annual meeting. It was reported that myopic or nearsighted children included in the study tended to spend about 3.7 fewer hours per week outdoors than children with normal vision or hyperopia. Furthermore, increasing outdoor time might reduce the chances of myopia worsening, according to the release.

If you or someone you know has questions about children’s eye health and vision, risk of nearsightedness or myopia or wish to schedule an eye examination for children of any age with Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Oren L. Weisberg, M.D., please feel free to contact D’Ambrosio Eye Care at 800-325-3937. You may also request an appointment at

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