alexa Protective efficacy of sunglasses on the conjunctival symptoms of seasonal rhinitis.


Journal of Allergy & Therapy

Author(s): Ozturk AB, Celebioglu E, Karakaya G, Kalyoncu AF

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BACKGROUND: Although allergen avoidance can lead to significant improvements in symptoms of allergic rhinitis, there are very few studies in this area. Sunglasses could be effective for protection of eyes from pollen as a cheap, comfortable, and simple avoidance option for allergens. The aim of this study is to determine if wearing sunglasses can decrease ocular symptoms. METHODS: Ocular symptomatic patients (39 total) who had a confirmed history of seasonal rhinitis by skin prick tests and negative skin prick tests for perennial allergens were included in the study. The duration of the study was 4 weeks with 3 required visits. At the onset of the 1-week run-in period, patients were randomized and divided into 2 groups. Group I (n = 18) received topical aqueous nasal budesonide regularly and loratadine once daily as a rescue medication. Group II (n = 21) wore sunglasses during daytime as an addition to this medication. Subjective data included a daily diary recording nasal and ocular symptom scores and antihistamine need during the study period. RESULTS: Sunglasses significantly reduced ocular symptoms (p = 0.002) and use of antihistamines (p = 0.009). CONCLUSION: Sunglasses are an inexpensive and simple treatment for patients with allergic conjunctivitis.

This article was published in Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. and referenced in Journal of Allergy & Therapy

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