Most parents are well aware of the need to protect their young children’s skin from becoming sunburnt but surprisingly few parents are aware of the need to also protect their eyes from the harmful rays of the sun especially after the recent burst of hot weather.
A survey by the College of Optometrists found that three quarters of parents don’t protect their kid’s eyes in the sun and of those parents who do buy sunglasses for their children almost half put cost ahead of protection.
Edmonds & Slatter Opticians are now stocking a range of prescription and non-prescription sunglasses for children of all ages and to suit all budgets. All the sunglasses they sell offer full eye protection from the harmful UV rays of the sun.
Children in Australia have been advised since 1981 to “Slip-Slop-Slap-Seek-Slide”; Slip on a shirt, Slop on some sunscreen, Slap on a hat , Seek shade and Slide on some sunnies as part of a healthcare awareness campaign reducing the risk of skin cancer. Most parents in Britain are aware of the message through schools but seem to be neglecting the last part of the message.
Saagar Hirani, Optometrist at Edmonds & Slatter Opticians, has said he was quite shocked that so many parents are not ensuring that their children’s eyes are protected in the sun. “I am also astounded that many parents who do purchase sunglasses are opting for cheap and cheerful over quality”
Please feel free to visit any of Edmonds & Slatters three practices at Blaby, Lutterworth or Glenfield to view the children’s sunglass range.