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Fashionable Eyeglasses And Allergies: How To Not Let Skin And Sinus Problems Control Your Style

by Vernon Chambers

Eyeglasses are a stylish accent that many women love to wear even when their eyes do not need correction. High fashion eyewear is available in many designer styles and are perfect with casual, formal or work attire. For most women, it is easy to adapt to wearing frames, but others find it more challenging. This is the case for many women with allergies. Glasses can become an irritant whether it is sinus-related or skin allergies that cause the discomfort. Luckily, there are ways to make glasses more comfortable despite this unfortunate condition. 

Avoiding Skin Irritation

It may seem surprising to imagine that the narrow strip of material in eyeglasses could lead to contact dermatitis, but it does happen. There are several options for people who suffer from redness, itching or breakouts under their eyes or behind their ears after wearing glasses. 

  • First, know what causes the sensitivity. Metal allergy sufferers should stick with plastic frames. Coat any metal on the plastic glasses with clear nail polish to prevent contact with the skin and re-coat as needed. 
  • Choose pure titanium or stainless steel frames. Both of these materials are usually comfortable for all wearers and are unlikely to cause reactions.  
  • Shop for titanium hypoallergenic frames made from an alloy called Flexon that are corrosion-resistant and lightweight as well. Many high-fashion designer name brands are available in this alloy as well as pure titanium. 
  • Choose cellulose acetate hypoallergenic frames. This is a stylish option because the frames are plastic and available in numerous colors. They are more expensive than basic plastic frames but are more durable and are not made from petroleum products that may irritate the skin.
  • Wipe off any type of frame daily. Problems may occur if a buildup of skin oils, makeup or other materials are not washed away regularly. 

Protecting Against Pressure

Another concern for allergy sufferers is sinus pressure. It is difficult to wear glasses comfortably when the sinuses are irritated and sore due to an allergic reaction. It is a myth that glasses cause sinus infections. The truth is that they only make the issue more noticeable when sinusitis or a sinus infection is present. 

  • Lightweight glasses are best for anyone with sinus sensitivity. Shop for weight-optimized lenses that offer ultra-light frames. These will apply the least amount of pressure to the skin.
  • Remove the glasses whenever possible to give tired sinuses a break. 
  • Avoid glasses with nose pads because they apply extra pressure to the nose. Just make certain the arms of the glasses are tight to prevent constant slipping. 

It is important to have annual eye exams regardless of whether glasses are worn for fashion, vision correction, or both. Many women who suffer from tired, blurry, and sore eyes or those that have frequent headaches blame the problem on their allergies when it may actually be declining vision. Eyesight often declines slowly and the difference is easy to miss. An exam can determine if a prescription lens, or a stronger lens, is needed. An ophthalmologist can also prescribe allergy medication and lubricating drops to prevent eye irritation for patients genuinely suffering from an allergies. 


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