Certain eye conditions make it difficult to wear regular contact lenses. One example is giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC). Today, The Eye Doctors, your leading provider of quality eyeglasses and other eye care products and services, talks about this condition in detail.
What Is GPC?
There are two categories of GPC: primary and secondary. Primary GPC is often a chronic type of allergy, while secondary GPC occurs from wearing ill-fitting contact lenses or ocular prostheses. Both forms may cause the conjunctiva, the inner tissue lining of the eyelids, to swell and develop small bumps. Commonly known as papillae, these bumps are a product of long-term irritation, such as wearing contact lenses over time.
What Are the Symptoms?
Apart from the presence of papillae, your eye doctor shares that GPC may also cause your eyes to turn red. Eye itchiness, blurry vision and heightened sensitivity to light are also common. You may experience increased eye mucus production, feeling like a foreign body is stuck in your eyes and a burning sensation, as well. These symptoms often get worse when you remove your contact lenses. Additionally, you may notice that your contact lenses don’t fit like before.
GPC is common among individuals who have recurring eye allergies. Those who have artificial eyes or use contact lenses daily are more likely to develop this condition. Apart from the contact lens material, your lens solution may contribute to this problem too. This is why regular visits to your optometrist are necessary when you’re a regular contact lens user.
What Are the Remedies?
During your visit, we’ll first perform a comprehensive eye exam to confirm GPC. We may ask about your medical history, checking for any risk factors for GPC development. Checking your eyes may include flipping your eyelid outward, so we can better examine the papillae.
One of the best things you can do to control GPC symptoms is abstaining from wearing your contact lenses at least until the irritation eases. During this time, it may be best to use alternative vision correction options, like eyeglasses. That said, we offer specialty contact lenses that are specifically designed for hard-to-fit eye conditions, like GPC. We may prescribe a special lens solution or anti-inflammatory medications, as well.
For more information about giant papillary conjunctivitis, call us at (610) 643-4411. We serve Philadelphia and nearby PA areas.