Kids playing outside can see better

Children who play more outdoors are smarter, leaner and stronger than kids more inclined toward indoor activities, and a new study finds they have another advantage: They’re less likely to suffer from nearsightedness, in which objects in the distance appear blurry.

More outdoor play and less close-up work may reduce rates of nearsightedness and may even reverse some nearsightedness — Khawaja cited one Chinese study showing that myopic kids ordered outdoors for extra hours weekly were on average less nearsighted after two years.

But indoor activity is not bad for everyone’s eyes: One recent study found that for “lazy eye,” also known as amblyopia, playing video games brought improvement even for adults, whose amblyopia was thought to be more resistant to treatment.

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