Research presented at the 126th annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting, in Chicago, suggests physical fitness may reduce the risk of allergic conjunctivitis in children.
Specifically, the study’s researchers found that children who were more physically fit were at a decreased risk of developing allergic conjunctivitis, while those who tended to be overweight, experienced more exposure to air pollution, lived in densely populated urban areas, and had a history of asthma and/or allergic rhinitis.
The researchers arrived at these findings by assessing the 2010 to 2018 health data of 1,271,730 children who were examined at age 10.
The researchers say they hope their study will promote physical activity in children and inspire policy-makers to prioritize environmental protection. CP