Myopia risk - one more reason kids need nature

Researchers are studying whether outdoor light somehow changes the way our eyes grow and have found that time spent outdoors in childhood is important to our vision. Read more at the NPR website:

Medical Detectives Focus On Myopia
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Comment by Randy Eady on October 29, 2010 at 7:21pm
This is an important research area.

I train peripheral vision as a part of our natural waking and fall prevention class. More and more good info is coming out and we're using the latest flash sonar technique for the visually impaired to navigate in natural echo-location. We'll be creating vibrational navigation tools for a seeing sound garden project. In addition, this is an nice piece of research:

"Humans constantly shift objects between central and peripheral vision and may encounter effects like the curveball's break regularly," the authors wrote. "Peripheral vision's inability to separate different visual signals may have f ar-reaching implications in understanding human visual perception and functional vision in daily life."
Comment by Carmen Field on January 19, 2010 at 12:16am
This is a very interesting topic to me, having been nearsighted most of my life. And thanks for the links to the '08 Australian study/article, Juliet. And I'll certainly post info as I get it on the other issue - sensory deprivation.
Comment by Suz Lipman on January 18, 2010 at 1:44pm
Hi Carmen. This story just got posted on the C&NN web site. ( Thank you for putting it up on the Network. It's so important and I think you're right about its implications for sensory deprivation and other possible health impacts. Great news about getting others involved with this. I trust you'll keep us posted as you learn more.
Comment by Carmen Field on January 15, 2010 at 11:46pm
Another health issue perhaps not on most people's radar is sensory deprivation. In a conversation that arose after Martin LeBlanc's talk to hospital staff here in Homer, AK, an occupational therapist told me she's seeing lots of this in kids not getting outdoors...and many of them have been misdiagnosed as having ADD or ADHD. She and I are going to get together next month, so I can learn more about this health issue and hopefully get her involved in our community coalition to get kids outdoors more.
Comment by Juliet Robertson on January 14, 2010 at 1:54pm
What's interesting about this article is that it doesn't mention a previous study undertaken in 2008 by Rose et al commissioned by the Australian Government. Similar findings were made. So this is not a one-off finding! This is a good news article that explains the findings in lay language!
Comment by Suz Lipman on January 14, 2010 at 1:11pm
This is really important and interesting. I wonder what else is going to turn up as a result of Nature Deficit Disorder. Thank you for posting this, Carmen.

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