22.04.2010

Parents "not protecting children"s eyes"

Parents "not protecting children"s eyes"

By Alexa Kaczka

Many parents are failing to sufficiently protect their children"s eyes from the sun, according to a new report.

A study carried out by experts at the University of Iowa has found that, while 85 per cent of people recognise that UV rays from the sun can damage their eyes, only 65 percent wear sunglasses as protection, and only 39 per cent make sure their children wear sunglasses.

This is in comparison to other precautionary measures adults take to protect their offspring from the dangers of the sun, as 78 per cent make sure their children wears lotion while outdoors.

Dr Christine Sindt, associate professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the university, commented: "These conditions may not manifest for years at which point the damage is already done and it is too late to reverse the effects of the sun. That"s why it is important to get maximum protection beginning in childhood."

Recently, Dr Stephen Trokel, an attending ophthalmologist at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, said that people who wear contact lenses should still wear sunglasses to protect their eyes from the sun.

by Adrian Galbreth


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