My mother always relayed this one to me - put sunglasses on and your eyes wont itch so much. I always laughed at this as being an old wives tale, however there seems to be plenty of anecdotal advice given out online substantiating the claim - albeit most sources suggesting wraparound sunglasses.
This, I suppose, makes more sense than any old sunglasses; at least wraparounds have less gaps for small pollen particles to enter your eyes. However, I am stil l skeptical that this has any benefit whatsoever as it was my belief that the itchy, watery eyes were just another histamine overreaction by the body in response to pollen entering through other channels (nasal, oral).
Has there been any proper studies of this?
- Hay fever prevention - NHS
- Top tips for beating Hay fever symptoms - glassesdirect.com (Shock/Horror - this one might be bias!)
- Preventing hay fever - BBC