Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure Reduces Myopia Risk Later in Life

According to a study published by JAMA Ophthalmology, exposure to ultraviolet B radiation between the ages of 14 and 29 results in a reduced risk of adult myopia.

Spending more time outdoors is an increasingly common clinical intervention as public health officials attempt to stem the tide of myopia.

Researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine wished to know the relationship between UVB, vitamin D and adult myopia, and so performed a secondary analysis of 3168 participants in the European Eye Study (371 with myopia, 2797 without).

All participants were 65 old or older at the time of the study, and a questionnaire combined with meteorological data was used to determine their level of sunlight exposure from the ages of 14 to 19 and between 20 and 39 years old.

Participants which had received more ultraviolet B exposure in their teen years and young adulthood (14-29 years old) had a reduced risk of adult myopia. Myopia was twice as common among the most highly educated participants.

No direct relationship with serum vitamin D levels were found, suggesting vitamin D does not play a role in myopia.

What does this mean for the use of time outdoors as an effective measure against myopia? The mechanism of the protective effects appear to be complex, and it is still unclear whether the reduced myopia risks arise from exposure to bright light, ultraviolet radiation, distance focusing, or a combination of factors.

Read the Full article from JAMA Ophthalmology HERE.

Featured Posts

Flirty Cat-Eye Sunnies from OTPS are Totally Trending

OTPS-2031’s Rose Tortoise is a fun and flirty frame created using colourful patterned biodegradable acetate.

Learn More

25,700+ Accept WCO Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

Global Organizations and Eye Care Professionals Pledge to Embrace the Three Pillars of Myopia Management

Read more

February is AMD Awareness Month Recognizing the Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is marking Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month with activities to inform and educate Canadians about the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55, impacting approximately 2.5 million Canadians.

Read more

MIDO 2023 is Ready: All Eyes on the International Eyewear Show

Appointment with MIDO at Fiera Milano Rho Saturday, February 4 to Monday, February 6

Read more

February is IRIS Mundial Month for Sixteenth Year

IRIS Mundial announces that, for a 16th year, the organization will benefit from an annual fundraising campaign organized by IRIS, The Visual Group, its main partner.

Read more

Flirty Cat-Eye Sunnies from OTPS are Totally Trending

OTPS-2031’s Rose Tortoise is a fun and flirty frame created using colourful patterned biodegradable acetate.

Learn More

25,700+ Accept WCO Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

Global Organizations and Eye Care Professionals Pledge to Embrace the Three Pillars of Myopia Management

Read More

February is AMD Awareness Month Recognizing the Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is marking Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month with activities to inform and educate Canadians about the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55, impacting approximately 2.5 million Canadians.

Read More

MIDO 2023 is Ready: All Eyes on the International Eyewear Show

Appointment with MIDO at Fiera Milano Rho Saturday, February 4 to Monday, February 6

Read More

February is IRIS Mundial Month for Sixteenth Year

IRIS Mundial announces that, for a 16th year, the organization will benefit from an annual fundraising campaign organized by IRIS, The Visual Group, its main partner.

Read More

Flirty Cat-Eye Sunnies from OTPS are Totally Trending

OTPS-2031’s Rose Tortoise is a fun and flirty frame created using colourful patterned biodegradable acetate.

Learn More

25,700+ Accept WCO Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

Global Organizations and Eye Care Professionals Pledge to Embrace the Three Pillars of Myopia Management

Read more

February is AMD Awareness Month Recognizing the Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is marking Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month with activities to inform and educate Canadians about the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55, impacting approximately 2.5 million Canadians.

Read more

MIDO 2023 is Ready: All Eyes on the International Eyewear Show

Appointment with MIDO at Fiera Milano Rho Saturday, February 4 to Monday, February 6

Read more

February is IRIS Mundial Month for Sixteenth Year

IRIS Mundial announces that, for a 16th year, the organization will benefit from an annual fundraising campaign organized by IRIS, The Visual Group, its main partner.

Read more

Flirty Cat-Eye Sunnies from OTPS are Totally Trending

OTPS-2031’s Rose Tortoise is a fun and flirty frame created using colourful patterned biodegradable acetate.

Learn More

25,700+ Accept WCO Myopia Management Standard of Care Pledge Challenge

Global Organizations and Eye Care Professionals Pledge to Embrace the Three Pillars of Myopia Management

Read more

February is AMD Awareness Month Recognizing the Leading Cause of Vision Loss in Seniors

Fighting Blindness Canada (FBC) is marking Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness Month with activities to inform and educate Canadians about the leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 55, impacting approximately 2.5 million Canadians.

Read more

MIDO 2023 is Ready: All Eyes on the International Eyewear Show

Appointment with MIDO at Fiera Milano Rho Saturday, February 4 to Monday, February 6

Read more

February is IRIS Mundial Month for Sixteenth Year

IRIS Mundial announces that, for a 16th year, the organization will benefit from an annual fundraising campaign organized by IRIS, The Visual Group, its main partner.

Read more