18/08/2009 14:57 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Children's Eyes Need Protection Say College Of Optometrists

Slapping on the high SPF suncream is second nature to most health-conscious parents nowadays, but do you automatically reach for the sunnies when the weather hots up?

New research shows that although 76 of them never buy sunglasses for their children.

Dr Susan Blakeney, optometric adviser at The College of Optometrists, said: "I am astounded to see that of those who do, many are opting for 'cheap and cheerful' over quality. "

She went on to offer reassuring advice to cash-strapped parents: "Sunglasses don't need to be expensive to offer good protection but it is important for parents to check that the pair they buy carry a CE Mark"

Statistics released by the WHO revealed that '80 per cent of exposure to UV over a person's lifetime occurs before the age of 18', a sobering fact when you consider that sunlight can damage the retina and lens of the eye, increasing the risk of conditions like cataracts later on in life.

Seeing sunnies on children is getting more and more commonplace, but what do you think? Do buy sunglasses for your children?