Giant papillary conjunctivitis (say "kun-JUNK-tih-VY-tus") means that the lining, or inner layer, of your upper eyelid is inflamed. It happens when the eyelid rubs on something in the eye. Contact lenses, especially the soft kind, are the most common cause. It also may be caused by other things in the eye, such as stitches.
Symptoms include red eyes, itchy eyes, and increased eye mucus. Small bumps may form under your upper eyelid. You may have blurred vision when you wear contact lenses. You may also be more aware of feeling the lenses on your eye.
Your doctor will examine your eyes to find out what's causing the irritation. Your doctor may look for signs of the problem, such as small bumps under the eyelid. The bumps may get larger as the eyes get more irritated.
The condition is treated by removing whatever is causing the irritation, such as the contact lenses. Your doctor may give you eyedrops to use. The drops may have antihistamine medicine in them.
After the object that's irritating the eye is removed, your eye and vision should go back to normal in a few days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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