Myopia, aka nearsightedness, is an eye condition affecting many of us. It simply means our eyes are longer than optimum, causing blurred vision unless corrected. Myopia usually requires optical aid (glasses or contact lens) for optimal vision. A trip to the nearest eye clinic should be all you need to get your vision to the way it should be. Often patients ask if it’s possible to prevent myopia, or the progression of nearsightedness?

In the past few decades, the prevalence of myopia have increased. Science have yet to produce evidence of how eyes may become nearsighted, but research have lead us to believe near work or sunlight may play a role in the development and/or the increase of myopia. When comparing eyes that are farsighted against those that are nearsighted, it was found people who are myopic tend to be those who spent more time indoors; working at desks on computer screens. People that are hyperopic, farsighted, are typically those that spend more time outside. 

A recent research revealed that those who spent more time outside, in the sun, are less likely to develop myopia. Should we all go outside and blast our eyes with UV? Not necessarily! UV rays are harmful to our eyes and are linked with numerous eye diseases. Until further experimental evidence are released to support this research, it wouldn't hurt to step out into the sun. Wear your coolest shades and enjoy some time outdoors away from the desk. Even if it may not stop you from becoming more nearsighted, hopefully you've had some fun outside.