Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

What Is Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis?

Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis, or GPC, is an inflammation of the eyelid that can cause itching, burning, irritation or swelling. It is most commonly associated with Contact Lens wear, and can happen at any time, even after wearing contacts for many years.

According the the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis is often cause by:

-An allergy, either to contact lenses or the chemicals used to clean them. Contact lens wearers with asthma, hay fever, or other allergies are more likely to get GPC. -A contact lens, artificial eye, or exposed stitches rubbing against the eyelid -Deposits of proteins or other substances on the contact lenses -Chronic eye allergies

GPC Symptoms

The inside of the eyelids become rough, red, and swollen. You may develop bumps -called papillae- that can grow to the size of a pimple. Other GPC symptoms include:

-Foreign body sensation -Red, painful, itchy eyes -Swollen or droopy eyelids -Excess mucus in the eye, which makes vision blurry -Unstable contact lens movement when you blink

GPC Treatment


You need to take care of GPC right away. If not, it can cause serious damage to your eyelid and to your cornea. The cornea is the clear, front window of your eye. If the cornea is damaged, you cannot see properly.

Here are treatment options for GPC:

-Avoid wearing contact lenses for a few weeks. This gives the inside of your eye time to heal. -Limit the amount of time you wear contact lenses each day. -Use eyedrop medicine or ointment prescribed by your ophthalmologist to reduce itching and swelling. -Change the type of contact lenses you wear. -Avoid lens solutions with preservatives. Switch to unpreserved salt solutions.

Do you or someone you know wear your contact lenses longer than
recommended? Are your eyes often itchy, irritated, or uncomfortable
specifically when you AREN’T wearing your contacts? This is a sign
of contact lens overwear, and can lead to permanent damage and
infection! Schedule an appointment with us today for a comprehensive
eye exam!