The Bulletin

Researchers Offer More Support: "Respect for Recess"

Wednesday, September 2011

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, authors Sandra Aamodt and Sam Wang discuss the connection between the modern rise in near-sightedness and our increasingly indoor lifestyle:

Researchers suspect that bright outdoor light helps children’s developing eyes maintain the correct distance between the lens and the retina — which keeps vision in focus. Dim indoor lighting doesn’t seem to provide the same kind of feedback. As a result, when children spend too many hours inside, their eyes fail to grow correctly and the distance between the lens and retina becomes too long, causing far-away objects to look blurry…  (read the entire article at its source)

Further evidence that kids benefit from outside play!

Sandra Aamodt, is a former editor in chief of Nature Neuroscience, and Sam Wang, an associate professor of molecular biology and neuroscience at Princeton University. They are co-authors of the forthcoming Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College.