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Last Updated: Monday, 7 November 2005, 19:56 GMT
Eclipse 'damages boy's eyesight'
Conor Howard
Conor's eyesight was damaged permanently, his parents say
The family of a boy whose eyesight was damaged when he looked at an eclipse of the sun has said his school should have done more to protect his safety.

Serena Howard said her 10-year-old son Conor would now be unable to fulfil his dream of becoming a pilot.

Conor looked at the annular eclipse on 3 October at playtime at St Nicolas Primary School in Cranleigh, Surrey.

Surrey County Council said: "Conor was present in an assembly two weeks before which spelt out dangers of the sun."

Simple assembly

Conor said he looked at the sun after going out to play: "After five minutes my eyes went all blurry and misty."

He said his sight was still misty, over a month later.

Conor's parents say neither they nor the Parsonage Road school were aware there would be an eclipse that day.

They have been told the loss of central vision in their son's right eye is permanent.

"We feel the government should have given a warning out to the schools and the schools should have been aware of the dangers," said Mrs Howard.

"A simple assembly that morning reminding the children, or changing the playtime, or even doing a project with them at the time of the eclipse could have prevented his eyesight being damaged."

A statement from the council (SCC) said: "This is indeed an unfortunate incident and our thoughts are with the family.

"However, the school has continually promoted sun safety.

"We are satisfied that every precaution was taken."

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