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Saturday, September 9 • 1:50pm - 2:30pm
Nearsightedness: A modern disease

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Myopia, or nearsightedness, is increasing at alarming rate around the world. Prevalence in some East Asian countries has reached close to 90%. While it is well documented that genetics play some role, environmental factors like time spent outdoors affect individual development of myopia greatly. Light influences intra-eye neurotransmitter release (specifically dopamine), which is very tightly correlated with eye growth. Currently, we have no practical way of simulating natural sunlight both in its intensity (400x larger than an average classroom) or spectrum. This makes spending time in naturally illuminated environments crucial to the normal development of our children’s eyes. Theories on dietary effects are also intriguing but need further investigation. By encouraging our kids to spend time outdoors and providing optimal nutrition, we not only promote normal eye growth, but set a cornerstone in the foundation of an ancestral lifestyle.

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Steven Turpin

Steven Turpin, O.D., M.S, is a Doctor of Optometry currently completing his residency at Pacific University., Steven is currently studying contact lenses designed for myopia control in children.

Saturday September 9, 2017 1:50pm - 2:30pm PDT
210 Kane Hall