Healthy Eyes

Children need healthy eyes in order to get the most out of school.

Being active outdoors supports healthy eyes and eye sight because:

  • the eye lens works hard to adjust between near and far objects
  • the iris works hard to adjust to dark and light conditions
  • the eye muscles work hard to control fine eye movements, to give a steady gaze
  • the visual cortex works hard to combine information from each eye, and develop binocular vision
  • the eyes and brain work hard together to understand perspective and see objects as 3D
  • the eyes and brain work hard together to understand shadow, contrast, visual textures, colours, colour tone, colour shades
  • the eyes just don’t get the same quantity and quality of information from being indoors, compared with being outdoors.

Some scary recent research as revealed these new facts:

  • Shortsightedness amongst children has increased rapidly
  • This is due to increased close work on digital devices
  • Also a lack of lengthy exposure to natural light, which is 100 – 200 times brighter than indoor lighting
  • Severe shortsightedness can affect eye health, increasing the risk of later-life sight loss.

Children need healthy eyes so that they can benefit from all that school has to offer them.