Sunglasses more than just fashionable sun block

Oklahoman Modified: April 29, 2010 at 1:51 pm •  Published: April 29, 2010
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You can keep your eyes healthier this season by using sunglasses.

And remember: they are more than just a fashion statement and a UV protector, authorities say. Sunglasses actually can protect your eyes from pollen during a tough allergy season.

Those suffering from allergies at the peak of the season are looking for alternative ways to escape their sniffles and other pesky symptoms.

Dr. Joel Kestenbaum, a VSP optometrist, has tips to help reduce typical symptoms such as itchy, red and watery eyes.

Some of his tips include:

- Check the weather. If the pollen count is particularly high, it might make sense to stay in doors.

- Use disposable contact lenses that are replaced daily. Kestenbaum believes that this is the healthiest contact lenses type to wear. You always have a fresh lens, you never put a less than perfectly clean lens in your eyes, you don’t have to clean them, you cannot be sensitive to cleaning solutions, and they are very convenient.

- Consider using Hepa (high efficiency particulate air) filters. They can reduce airborne allergens in your home.

- Cold eye masks applied for about ten minutes, may provide symptomatic relief for swollen and itchy eyes.

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