Exposure to sunshine as a small child is crucial to the development of a healthy eye by preventing it from growing too fast or over-expanding and becoming oval or egg-shaped instead of round.
This study was conducted by University of Sydney researchers.
The study showed children who spend more time outdoors were less likely to become short-sighted or myopic.
Evidence showed that small children under six years of age should spend at least 10 hours a week outdoors in the sunshine.
Prevention of myopia is important for future eye health as even low levels of the condition place you at higher risk of cataracts and glaucoma in adulthood.
Amanda French PhD says “promoting outdoor activity to parents and families, and including more outdoor pursuits in school curricula could be an important public health measure to avoid the development of myopia”.