With spring in full bloom, millions of allergy sufferers are preparing for their annual onslaught of stuffy noses, sneezing fits, and itchy, watery eyes. Like every spring, this year promises yet another heavy dose of pollen and other seasonal allergy triggers that can make stepping outside a nuisance for so many people.

But besides taking an antihistamine and using a Nettie pot what can be done to protect yourself from living in misery for the next few months? The answer might just surprise you and even better, you probably already own it.

If you suffer from itchy and watery eyes every spring, then a recent study from Turkey suggests that simply wearing sunglasses whenever you step outdoors can help protect against a severe ocular reaction to seasonal allergies. The study found that sunglasses are effective because they accomplish two specific things related to reducing seasonal reactions.

Sunglasses Help Keep Airborne Irritants Out of Your Eyes

Pollen doesn’t become a problem for most seasonal allergy sufferers until it becomes airborne. Once in the air, the tiny molecules easily get into the eyes where they can cause intense itching and discomfort. By wearing sunglasses, you are essentially placing a barrier between your eyes and airborne irritants.

In the study, Turkish researchers separated ocular symptomatic patients into two groups. One group wore sunglasses whenever they went outside, and the other group didn’t. The results of the study showed that the group that wore sunglasses had significantly reduced ocular symptoms and required substantially less antihistamine medication.

Sunglasses Protect Sensitive Eyes from UV Rays

It might come as a surprise to some, but unprotected exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays can exacerbate ocular allergy symptoms in a lot of people. It does this by causing a condition called photokeratitis. In severe cases, photokeratitis can be quite painful, but for most people it causes allergy-like reactions, including red eyes, the sensation of having grit in the eyes, extreme light sensitivity, and excessive tearing.

Photokeratitis is usually temporary but long-term exposure to UV rays can cause serious damage to the eyes. Therefore, to protect the eyes from UV radiation, the American Optometric Association recommends wearing UV-protective sunglasses that screen 75 to 90 percent of visible light or contact lenses that are designed to block UV rays.

Sunglasses Retainers Help Ensure That Your Protective Eyewear is Always Close at Hand

Spring is one of the prettiest times of the year and with its pleasant temperatures, it is one of the best seasons for enjoying the outdoors. But for so many allergy sufferers, spring has traditionally been a season that is best experienced indoors.

This year, step outside of your comfort zone and enjoy the beauty of spring without the severe allergic reactions you’re used to. Just be sure to wear your sunglasses before you step outside!

One way to ensure that you’re never without your essential protective eyewear is to use a Cablz sunglasses retainer. Cablz retainers are designed for ultimate comfort and durability, and they keep your sunglasses or prescription glasses right where you can easily find them. Using a sunglasses retainer is the best way to avoid losing your eyewear, regardless of the outdoor activity you’re enjoying. Whether you’re spending the day getting the garden planted or you’re checking out the spring sales in your favorite local shops, your eyewear retainer will ensure that your glasses are right where you need them to be.

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