Parents ‘ignoring eye sun danger’

BBC News 18 Aug 09

Three in four parents are risking their child’s eyesight by exposing them to bright sun without appropriate protection, experts warn. Nearly a third of parents in Britain do not buy their children sunglasses, a poll of 2,000 people for the College of Optometrists revealed. Of those who do, nearly half put price before protection and only a quarter buy sunglasses from a trusted brand. The College recommends choosing dark glasses with a CE mark for quality.

People with light coloured eyes are most at risk from sun damage and those with blue eyes should always wear sunglasses, the experts advise. UV rays from sunlight can damage the retina and the lens of the eye and can lead to long-term damage. Too much exposure is linked to conditions like cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.