Children must wear sunglasses, urge experts

Parents are “ignoring eye sun danger”

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Three in four parents are taking dangerous risks with their children’s eyesight by not making them wear the appropriate protection, a poll has revealed.

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The College of Optometrists has found that nearly a third of parents in Britain do not buy their children sunglasses. And the ones who do put price and design before protection and quality.

UV rays from the sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye, which can lead to long-term problems. Lighter coloured eyes are more at risk and it’s been advised that children with blue eyes should always wear sunglasses.

The key to finding the right protection is choosing a dark pair with the all-important CE mark. Cheap sunnies have no UV filter and cause pupils to dilate, allowing more harmful rays to reach the eye.

“Sunglasses don’t need to be expensive to offer good protection. But it is important for parents to check that the pair they buy carry a CE mark,” Optometrist Dr Susan Blakeney has advised.

Many parents struggle with getting their little ones to keep sunglasses on. Experts advise that a sunhat is another option for sun protection but still urge parents to look into buying adequate sunglasses to avoid long-term damage.

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Confused on where to buy your child’s sunglasses? Can you never find a pair your child won’t pull off and dig in the sand? Take a look at our children’s sunglasses guide for tips and suggestions. 

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