GIANT PAPILLARY CONJUNCTIVITIS

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is inflammation of the inner surface of the eyelids, typically seen only in patients who wear contact lenses. Symptoms include redness and irritation, thick discharge and blurred vision. These are usually relieved by discontinuing contact lens wear. GPC will not cause your vision to deteriorate permanently, but it can be difficult to control. Most patients are able to control the irritation to such a degree that they can continue to wear contact lenses, although they may need to change the type of lenses they wear or the way they care for their lenses. Some patients may be forced to decrease the wear time of the contact lenses in order to alleviate the symptoms of GPC. Other patients require steroid drops that can help the inflammation.

GPC, once under control, can recur. It is important to begin treating the problem early as it is more difficult to control as the symptoms become more intense.