Allergies services offered in Buffalo Grove and Chicago, IL

If you suffer from allergies, you’re probably dealing with many aggravating symptoms. When your eyes are affected, it can make you feel even worse. But you don’t have to live with watery eyes, itchiness, redness, or other allergy-related eye issues any longer. The experienced and compassionate team at Eye Q Optique in Buffalo Grove and the Tri-Taylor and Near West Side neighborhoods of Chicago, Illinois, can help with all types of allergies. Schedule your appointment by calling the office or booking online today.

Allergies Q & A

What are the symptoms of eye allergies?


Eye allergy symptoms typically include some or even all of these symptoms:


  • Red or bloodshot eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Eye discharge
  • Gritty-feeling eyes
  • Swollen eyelids


Often, these symptoms can combine to make you extremely uncomfortable, and the constant urge to rub your eyes can make it worse.


What triggers my eye allergies?


Allergens can be different for everyone, but certain substances are very common triggers. Pollen, including grasses, many types of trees, and ragweed, is one of the most common triggers. Other frequent eye allergy triggers can include mold, dust mites, and pet dander.


Other substances can cause eye allergies, including some medications and even some makeup. If you’re dealing with eye allergies, try to narrow down the source by tracking when your symptoms appear. This can help your Eye Q Optique provider prescribe the most effective treatment.


How are eye allergies treated?


Your Eye Q Optique provider focuses on two things: Relieving your symptoms and preventing future eye allergies. The team genuinely cares for their patients, and you’ll feel that compassionate care as they help you find eye allergy solutions.


Symptom relief can include options such as:


  • Bathing eyes in a sterile solution
  • Cool eye compresses
  • Saline eye drops
  • Eye drops to reduce redness and soothe inflammation
  • Antihistamines


To prevent your eye allergies from becoming a chronic problem, it’s very important to identify the triggers and remove them from your life as much as possible.


Of course, there may be some cases in which you simply can’t avoid an eye allergy trigger. For example, if you have severe eye allergy symptoms due to tree pollen that’s plentiful in your area, you can’t opt to stay indoors all the time just to prevent the allergies.


In this type of situation, your provider may recommend working with an allergy specialist to get allergy shots to change how your body reacts to the trigger.


What can I do to minimize my eye allergy problems?


In addition to treatment, you can make lifestyle changes to avoid allergies. Some good rules to follow include:


  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Don’t rub your eyes
  • Regularly change air filters in your home
  • Vacuum carpets regularly
  • Use special allergy covers for bedclothes
  • Keep pets clean, brushed, and groomed


Your Eye Q Optique provider may have additional tips for keeping your eye allergies under control, as well.


For eye allergy relief, call the Eye Q Optique office or book an appointment online today.