A survey of 1,000 parents with children aged between 4 and 12 found that 72% of them were concerned about their children’s eyes being protected from sunlight.
Only one in three said they sent their children to school with sunglasses in sunny weather, however.
Over a third were unaware if their child’s school had a Sun Safety Policy and a quarter said schools had forbidden the wearing of sunglasses on school grounds.
The survey was commissioned by Monkey Monkey Sunglasses. A spokesman was quoted as saying “Parents are consistently telling us that their children are more likely to wear sunglasses on holiday or to leisure activities than to school.“We just want parents to be aware that the midday and afternoon sun can be equally strong in the school playground, on the school sports field or on the walk home from school, as it is on the beach.”Parents who said their children rarely wore sunglasses said it was because they found them uncomfortable. 57% of those who have bought their children sunglasses said they checked the UV protection rating before purchasing.
The spokesman emphasised that “Estimates suggest that up to 80% of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV is received before the age of 18, when children’s eyes are not yet fully developed … it is vital to protect young eyes from sun exposure at an early age.”
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