If you have seasonal allergies, you know they can be a life ruiner—especially the pollen allergy symptoms. All the sneezing, wheezing, and sinus headaches can completely change your view of summer. Outdoor run? PASS. Drinks outside? Can we not? And even when you try to be careful, sometimes the symptoms will wreak havoc on your life anyway.
During allergy season, pollen spores float through the air and can get all over your body, including in your eyes, Clifford W. Bassett, M.D., founder and medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of New York, tells SELF. He recommends investing in a pair of oversized sunglasses and wearing them as much as possible when you’re out braving the pollen. It may seem silly, but it really can act as a physical barrier to prevent pollen from getting in your eyes, where it can cause redness, itching, and watering.