Journal article

Pilot study of a novel classroom designed to prevent myopia by increasing children's exposure to outdoor light

Zhongqiang Zhou, Tingting Chen, Mengrui Wang, Ling Jin, Yongyi Zhao, Shangji Chen, Congyao Wang, Guoshan Zhang, Qilin Wang, Qiaoming Deng, Yubo Liu, Ian G Morgan, Mingguang He, Yizhi Liu, Nathan Congdon

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2017

Abstract

We sought to assess light characteristics and user acceptability of a prototype Bright Classroom (BC), designed to prevent children's myopia by exposing them to light conditions resembling the outdoors. Conditions were measured throughout the school year in the glass-constructed BC, a traditional classroom (TC) and outdoors. Teachers and children completed user questionnaires, and children rated reading comfort at different light intensities. A total of 230 children (mean age 10.2 years, 57.4% boys) and 13 teachers (36.8 years, 15.4% men) completed questionnaires. The median (Inter Quartile Range) light intensity in the BC (2,540 [1,330-4,060] lux) was greater than the TC (477 [245-738] lux,..

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Dr Congdon is supported by a Thousand Man Plan grant from the Chinese government, and by the Ulverscroft Foundation. The funding organizations had no role in the design or conduct of this research.Dr Congdon is supported by a Thousand Man Plan grant from the Chinese government, and by the Ulverscroft Foundation. The funding organizations had no role in the design or conduct of this research.