Sliding on sunnies important for eyes

Last updated 05:00 05/11/2012

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Kiwis are quick to slack off on their Slip, Slop, Slap and Slide sun protection routine when the weather is overcast - despite the risks of serious eye conditions and blindness.

A new study suggests that, though the importance of wearing sunscreen and a hat on sunny days is well known, sunglasses are not as much of a priority.

The OPSM Eye Protection Report found only 58 per cent of people wear sunglasses on a sunny day, and that figure drops to just over one in four when it's cloudy - despite the continued risks of damage from UV exposure.

Repeated UV exposure can cause conditions such as cataracts, skin cancer of the eyelids and macular degeneration, which can lead to blindness.

OPSM regional eye care manager Matthew Whiting said the results of the survey were concerning. "New Zealanders are risking serious eye conditions by not sliding on their sunnies."

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- The Dominion Post

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