Persistent Redness and Discomfort Are Common Signs of Eye Allergies

Red Eyes

Eye allergies often cause the white of your eye or inner eyelid to become red and inflamed. You may also notice a clear, watery discharge from your eyes.

Discomfort

Patients with allergies often experience a range of uncomfortable sensations, such as itching or a burning feeling.

Vision Changes

Allergies can also cause blurred vision or sensitivity to light

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Allergies often cause the eyes to become red and watery.

Am I at a high risk for allergies?

Allergic Conditions Are Often Genetic

You are more likely to develop allergies if you:

  • Have asthma
  • Have a family history of allergic conditions
  • Are under 18 years old

What actually causes allergies?

Three Main Types of Eye Allergens

Eye allergies occur when something triggers a reaction in the clear mucous membrane that covers your eyes. The cause of your allergies depends on what you are allergic to. There is a range of substances in your environment that could cause a reaction.

Outdoor Allergens

Pollens from grass, trees, and weeds, as well as other substances in the air, can all irritate your eyes and cause a reaction.

Indoor Allergens

Common allergens you could encounter indoors include pet dander, mold, and dust mites.

Irritants

Other irritating substances in your environment can also spark an allergic reaction, such as exhaust fumes, perfume, and cigarette smoke.

Are allergies common?

If You Deal with Eye Allergies, You Are Not Alone

*According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Avoiding Triggers Can Prevent Allergic Reactions

Make Changes to Your Environment

Keeping your windows closed during high pollen periods can help you avoid allergens. You should also use air conditioning in your home and car if possible.

Control Mites and Mold

“Mite-proof” bedding and a dehumidifier can help limit your exposure to mites and mold.

Avoid Touching Your Eyes

An easy way to accidentally trigger an allergic reaction is touching your eyes. If you have to touch your eyes or face, make sure to wash your hands first. 

How will my doctor know if I have eye allergies?

We Perform Comprehensive Allergy Testing

Eye allergies share symptoms with a variety of eye diseases. At Wicker Park Eye Center, our doctors can perform precise allergy testing to rule out other potential issues and identify the source of your symptoms. 

A typical examination for eye allergies will include a slit lamp test. Using a special microscope, your doctor can get a better view of your eyes to check for swelling, dilated blood vessels, and other signs of allergic reaction.

slit lamp test

We may also perform a skin prick test to check for potential environmental issues. Based on your results, we can tailor a treatment plan to control your symptoms and restore comfort

How can I find relief?

Our Doctors Can Help Relieve Discomfort

Change the Products You Use

Often, patients are unaware that they are allergic to the products they use on a daily basis. We offer allergy-free mascara and can help you find other hypoallergenic products.

Remove Your Contacts

The surfaces of your contact lenses can accumulate airborne allergens. You may need to switch to glasses during allergy season or consider changing to daily lenses to avoid allergen buildup. 

Eye Drops

For mild symptoms, eye drops for allergy relief can temporarily relieve redness and itchiness. We can recommend a product suited to your unique needs. 

Other Medications

A range of medications can provide relief for allergies, including antihistamines, decongestants, anti-inflammatories, and steroids. Our doctors can prescribe a stronger medication if necessary.

How do I know if I need to visit the doctor?

Schedule an Appointment If Allergies Interfere with Your Daily Life

The best treatment for allergies is avoiding the triggers that cause a reaction. However, for many patients, this method isn’t possible. If your symptoms are consistently interfering with your quality of life, our team can help find a solution to control your eye allergies.

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At Wicker Park Eye Center, our team is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care in a family-friendly environment. With one board-certified ophthalmologist and two optometrists, we can offer a range of advanced treatment options. To learn more about our doctors, click on their links below.

For more information, contact our office online or call (773) 376-2020 today.

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I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.

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I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.

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Chicago Office

2222 W Division St
Suite 135 Chicago, IL 60622

Open one Saturday per month

More Info Directions (773) 376-2020

Message

I have visited Wicker Eye Park Center a few times, with each visit I have received excellent service. Dr. Tepper is the best ophthalmologist that I have seen in many years. He, like his staff, is also courteous respectful and very professional. Juan B.