Allergic Eye Problems Specialist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. -  - Optometrist

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates

Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D.

OPTOMETRIST LOCATED IN FRANKFORT, BOURBONNAIS, & ELGIN, IL

If you have allergic eye problems, you’re probably accustomed to watery, red, itchy, and generally awful-feeling eyes. At the three office locations of Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates in Frankfort, Elgin, and Bourbonnais, Illinois, you can get the allergic eye care you need to feel comfortable and put those awful eye symptoms behind you. Call the office nearest you today.

Allergic Eye Problems Q & A

What are allergic eye problems?

Allergic eye problems, commonly just called eye allergies, develop when your eyes react to an allergen. Although most eye allergens aren't actually harmful, your immune system perceives them as dangerous. 

Your eyes make histamine, a substance to fight the allergen. But the histamine triggers a range of symptoms, like watery eyes, red eyes.

What are the symptoms of allergic eye problems?

Eye allergies typically cause a whole host of miserable symptoms, including:

  • Red eyes
  • Teary eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Light sensitivity

It’s not unusual to experience nasal allergies, complete with a runny nose, stuffy nose, and sneezing, at the same time as eye allergies. 

What is the best treatment for allergic eye problems?

The best treatment for allergic eye problems depends on a few factors, including the allergy trigger and your general eye health. Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates offers personalized eye allergy treatment that may include at least one of the following: 

Antihistamine/mast-cell stabilizer eye drops

Antihistamine/mast-cell stabilizer eye drops include both an antihistamine and a mast-cell stabilizer. The antihistamine relieves itchiness and the mast-cell stabilizer helps prevent allergic reactions. Often, this type of eye drop is the first choice for eye allergy treatment because you can take them for extended periods if needed.

Steroid eye drops

Steroid eye drops can resolve itchiness, redness, and swelling. It’s important to take the eye drops only as directed, usually for a limited time. If overused, steroids can have serious side effects.

Oral antihistamines

If you have nasal symptoms such as sneezing along with your eye symptoms, you might need oral antihistamines. Oral antihistamines can be drying, so they’re usually not the right choice if you already have dry eyes.

Lifestyle changes

If possible, avoiding your allergen is important. You can also make a few lifestyle changes to minimize your eye allergies, such as wearing sunglasses when outdoors, washing your hands regularly, and avoiding eye rubbing. 

If you’re struggling with eye allergies even after treatment with eye drops or oral antihistamines, you might need a stronger treatment. 

In that case, the Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates team might recommend immunotherapy (allergy shots) with a medical doctor who specializes in allergies. 

Call the Nicholas Rutkowski, O.D. and Associates office closest to you to get eye allergy treatment in Illinois now.