What is Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis?

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an inflammation of the eyelid. It causes the inside of the eyelid to become red, swollen, and irritated. This condition can also cause bumps to appear on the inside of the eyelid. Giant papillary conjunctivitis is caused by an allergy to contact lenses or the chemicals used to clean them. In terms of types of contact lenses, those who wear soft contact lenses typically experience GPC much more than those who wear hard contact lenses.

GPC can also be caused by wearing any type of ocular prostheses or when a contact lens wearer has eye allergies. The eye doctors and specialists at Boston Vision will help to recommend a good treatment for patients who are experiencing this eye condition.

Symptoms of Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

If you wear contact lenses and have any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from giant papillary conjunctivitis:

  • Red, painful, itchy eyes
  • Swollen or droopy eyelids
  • Excess mucus in the eye
  • Feeling like something is stuck in your eye
  • Feeling like your contact is moving when you blink
  • Contact lens intolerance

Many of these symptoms are similar to what you might see with allergic conjunctivitis or seasonal allergies. That’s why it’s important to see an eye doctor to determine the cause of your symptoms.

Who is at Risk for Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis?

People who wear contacts are at risk for developing this inflammation. Even if you have been wearing contact lenses for years this condition can occur. People who do not wear contacts can also get giant papillary conjunctivitis, but it is a rare occurrence.

How to Treat Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

If you develop giant papillary conjunctivitis, it is important to seek treatment right away. If left untreated, this can cause serious damage to the eye and the cornea. This could result in more vision loss. If you develop giant papillary conjunctivitis, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for a few weeks to give the inside of your eye time to heal. You should also limit the amount of time you wear contacts each day to avoid getting this condition. Your eye doctor at Boston Vision can prescribe eye drops or ointment to help reduce the itching and swelling. We may also recommend a contact lens replacement. When you come into Boston Vision your ophthalmologist will examine your eyes and recommend a treatment option for you.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are an avid contact lens wearer then you are at risk for developing giant papillary conjunctivitis. If you start to notice any symptoms, take out your contacts and seek treatment. If left untreated this condition could lead to damage to the eyes. To get treatment started, come into Boston Vision. To schedule your appointment, book online with us or email us at help@bostonvision.com to get started.

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