Giant papillary conjunctivitis (GPC) is an inflammatory condition in which large bumps (known as papillae) form on the inside of the eyelids.

GPC is commonly associated with over wearing dirty contact lenses with surface deposits. All contact lens materials are different and interact differently with each individual’s tear chemistry. Current studies suggest that GPC is likely an immune or an allergic response to an individual’s own protein and lipid that has accumulated on or in the lens surface.

As GPC progresses, an individual may experience lens awareness, dryness, excessive lens movement, blurred vision, redness, itching and possibly mucous discharge. Giant Papillary conjunctivitis can be difficult to treat and may take weeks or months to improve. The doctor may prescribe medicated eye drops to reduce symptoms, recommend a different cleaning solution, and allow limited lens wear.