Giant Papillary Conjunctivitis
It appears in both forms of contact lenses, though is more frequent in the case of soft contact lens . Giant papillary appear on the inner surface of the upper eyelid. This condition can be more dangerous in children cases.
Giant papillary conjunctivitis may have a lot of causes : artificial glass eyes, contact lenses, filters. It is important to take into consideration that if a patient has problems with the contact lenses, the guilty in this case may also be blepharitis, dry eyes or they may not simply fit properly.
There are others papillary problems that may be confused with giant papillary conjunctivitis like atopic conjunctivitis and vernal one . Eye itching may be produced also by bacterial conjunctivitis and blepharitis.
If a persons starts suffering from this type of conjunctivitis and the contact lenses are not used for a medical purpose, than he or she should give them up at least for one month. After the situation is improved, the patient can start wearing contact lenses again but it’s better to use disposable ones or to clean the permanent ones very carefully.
Also as a first step along with putting aside the lenses, the patient may use some antihistamines solution combined with mast cell stabilizers. In order to get rid off the itching sensation, compresses with cold water may be used. For the future in order to avoid contact lenses, refractive surgery is a good solution.
There are persons who don’t want to give up wearing contact lenses. For this cases, there are some drugs that may help get rid of the symptoms of the giant papillary conjunctivitis. In this category can be included : histamine combined with H1 receptor antagonists.
Giant papillary conjunctivitis is not a disease that goes away for good. It is very possible that after a period of time, the illness will be recurrent. So the burning, itching, the mucous and the fogged vision may reappear. The good news is that there are eye drops that can be used every time this symptoms show up, and they can be used even with the contact lenses on.
In order to avoid complications and to keep a control on the recurrence of giant papillary conjunctivitis and especially a routine in going to an ophthalmologist is a very good habit.
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