By Martin Burns
An eye care charity has stressed the need for sunglasses for children after 44 per cent of parents were found to be negligent in this area.
The Eyecare Trust commissioned a OnePoll survey which found that 44 per cent of parents rarely or never ensure their children wear sunglasses outside, even though 79 per cent are careful about youngsters wearing sunscreen.
Rosie Gavzey, director of the Eyecare Trust, stated: "UV exposure in childhood lays down problems for later life. Our message to parents is simple, protect your children"s sight now or they could lose it later."
She called on parents to get sunglasses with the British Standard BSEN 1836:1997 and brimmed hats for both themselves and their children.
The charity also warned against buying sunglasses from toy shops or street sellers as the quality cannot be verified.
Glastonbury festival goers were also warned by Hannah Rochell in the Times to ensure they wear sunglasses.
She explained that it was necessary to protect eyes and also suggested that if makeup must be worn, waterproof mascara is used.
by Adrian Galbreth