Contact Lens Conjunctivitis, or GPC ( Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis) occurs as a result of contact lens usage. It is an allergic reaction to the lens, protein deposits on the lens, or certain preservatives in the contact lens solution itself.
Who can get it?
Contact Lens users, especially those who sleep in their lenses or don't clean their lenses often enough.
What are the symptoms?
Tearing of the eye, a thick mucous discharge upon awakening, itching, burning, and an inability to tolerate the contact lenses. Often blurring of the vision may occur after only a few hours of wearing time. Giant papillae may appear under the upper lid.
What is the treatment?
Treatment to relieve the itching, burning and discharge usually involves a prescription antibiotic. Since contact lenses can't be worn while prescription medications are being used, you may have to temporarily discontinue your contact lens wearing until the eyes have had a chance to heal and recover. Long-term prevention includes improving of ocular hygiene, avoiding sleeping in your lenses, changing contact lens or solution, or simply reducing wearing time.