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Learn about a common side effect of contact lens over wear known as giant papillary conjunctivitis. If you wear contact lenses and ever had discomfort or irritation while wearing contacts, then you may have had giant papillary conjunctivitis (known as gpc).
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What is gpc?
Giant papillary conjunctivitis is where the inner lining of the eyelid swells. Specifically, this is swelling of the papillary conjunctiva. Papillary conjunctivitis is often seen in allergic responses or even bacterial infections. However, giant papillary conjunctivitis often results as a type of allergic and mechanical response to the presence of foreign objects and proteins building up inside the eyelid.
That is why contact lenses often cause giant papillary conjunctivitis.
Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis Treatment:
Discontinuing contact lenses is often the primary treatment for most cases
Sometimes a anti-inflammatory eye drop is prescribed
TIP! Switching to daily disposable contact lenses may reduce the risk of GPC
Daily vs Monthly Contacts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DARDDTi3aT0
BONUS TIP: Monthly contacts sometimes do better with hydrogen peroxide cleaning systems to avoid GPC formation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QspSu-Eligo
😮 I Slept in my contact lenses: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDHodybEryc&t=5s
✅ Recommended playlists:
Contact Lenses for Beginners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlPyYkq3LnY&list=PLzi60fSuOmPBqiF3B2n-j2OMoH9QJClA2&index=1&t=180s
Dry Eyes and Dry Eye Treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6ClIdFb3IY&list=PLzi60fSuOmPD0tlkRU2L-wENRdE3Fb9Vj&index=1&t=1s
Eyelid Hygiene tips! Clean Eyes = Healthy Eyes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLcVbuS4SIk&list=PLzi60fSuOmPCPyKCkt6y3dWsuCr-VxQGY&index=1&t=44s
Blue Light Glasses Tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up0-YHf3WZA&list=PLzi60fSuOmPCPI-i11y9iJmxxf8RKQcAV&index=1&t=7s
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About this video: What is papillary conjunctivitis? In this video, we will review the most common side effects of contact lenses and giant papillary conjunctivitis. Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis is a swelling of the eyelid caused by contact lens wear and is one of the most common conditions seen in ophthalmology or optometry. We will also review giant papillary conjunctivitis treatment and the benefits of daily vs monthly contacts.
GPC image: This image was originally published in the Retina Image Bank® website. Jason S. Calhoun, Ophthalmic Photographer, Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis. Retina Image Bank. 2013; 12504. © the American Society of Retina Specialists.