Contact Lenses for Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis

Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an inflammatory reaction caused by proteins secreted in your tears. This inflammatory reaction causes lid glands to secrete substances that create a filmy coating on contact lenses, making them uncomfortable and creating vision problems.

Practitioners have several options to fit a person who has GPC. Sometimes soft daily disposable contact lenses will do the trick. Because you discard these lenses after just a single day of wear, there’s not much time for protein deposits to accumulate on disposable lenses.

Gas permeable lenses also are a good option. Proteins don’t adhere to GP lenses as easily as they do to soft lenses, so gas-permeable lenses stay cleaner and are less likely to cause an allergic reaction. Daily cleaning of gas permeable lenses generally will keep them free of residue, whereas soft lenses tend to retain protein deposits over time, even with proper care and cleaning.

A practitioner also may prescribe medicated eye drops to reduce the allergic reaction that causes GPC.

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