Parents are risking sun damage to their children’s eyes by not making them wear sunglasses or large hats as protection, according to the College of Optometrists.

The findings from 2,000 parents who took part in a survey, show that three quarters of parents don’t protect their children’s eyes in the sun. A third of parents don’t buy sunglasses at all and of those that do buy sunglasses, half consider price over protection.

Dr Susan Blakeney, Optometric Advisor to the College of Optometrists told the health information team: “I am shocked that so many parents aren’t ensuring their child’s eyes are protected in the sun. Ultraviolet (UV) light is linked to cataracts and may be linked to age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness in the Western world.” Read More….