• Is there anything else that I can try or do to get rid of giant papillary conjunctivitis and swollen, droopy eyelid?


    Question:

    My right eyelid has been swollen for an extended period of time. I was diagnosed with giant papillary conjunctivitis (or GPC, a condition which causes irritated/inflamed inner eyelids) from my contact lenses. I changed my contact solution and have been using prescription eye drops which has cleared up the eye discharge that I was having, but not the swelling. I went two months without wearing my contacts and that didn't get rid of the swelling either. At times my eyelid is painful and overall it just bothers me cosmetically. Is there anything else that I can try or do?


    Answer:

    Chronic eyelid swelling can be uncomfortable. Please follow up with your ophthalmologist to determine whether the GPC has started to heal. I wonder if you are interpreting a "droopy" eyelid as a "swollen" eyelid. Long-term contact lens wearers or those with one or more episodes of severe swelling can develop ptosis or a droopy eyelid. In this situation the eyelid margin is lower than normal with respect to the pupil. This may give the appearance of the eyelid being droopy. If your eyelid remains droopy after the GPC is treated, surgical correction can be considered. Please contact your ophthalmologist to evaluate your specific situation.


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