Haul them back to the sun

At some point onwards screens have become the best pals of kids. Now the habit boomerangs in many ways. One of its aftereffects is rampant myopia among kids. You don’t believe most of those aged between two and three, who are glued to smartphones, gaming consoles, and computers, have poor vision.

They suffer from myopia, also known as short-sightedness and near-sightedness. To a myopic, distant objects look blurry, while close ones appear normal. The light focuses not on their retina but in front of it, causing headaches eye strain—giving blurred vision of distant objects.

Severe condition might cause retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma. Blame lack of natural light, experts say.

 Children today don’t get enough sun. Most of the time they are indoors—at school and after school, they have coaching classes. At home, TV, computer, or smartphone will grab their time. Natural light eludes their life. 

Limiting the screen times of children is easier said than done.It is often a herculean task. Children wouldn’t budge even an inch. If forced, parents have to face their tantrums. It is time parents got them outdoors, let them play as much time as possible, according to experts at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.

‘Sport and leisure outdoors are protective of eyesight’, says Chris Hammond, professor at King’s College London. Outdoor life lowers the risk of developing myopia in all ages. At least two hours of sun a day is enough. Human body needs bright light. The hypothalamus in the brain uses sunlight for regulating hormones, temperature, thirst, hunger, and blood pressure.

Therefore, bright light benefits health especially in the morning. Exposing your hand and legs to the sun for 10 minutes will produce enough Vitamin D for the day.

This nutrient is essential for eye and overall health. However, beware of the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun.

It could cause eye damage, and even trigger skin cancer. Also, remember what you eat affects your vision. A diet rich in omega-3, essential fatty acids and vitamin A, C and E as well as nutrients are essential for your eyes.Also do not forget the regular eye check-ups.