Spend time outdoors

Five ways for parents to protect their children's eye health

Children playing outdoors

Playing or exercising outside regularly can help to protect a child’s eyesight by reducing the chance they will become short-sighted.

Studies have shown that fewer children wear glasses in countries where outdoor time makes up a significant part of each day, while the number of spectacle wearers increases in nations with a greater focus on indoor study and recreation. For example, 60% of eight to 12-year-olds in Singapore are shortsighted, compared with only 14% of Australian children in the same age group.

Studies suggest that around two hours of outdoor time each day is ideal to help protect the vision of children.