Acanthamoeba Keratitis & Contact Lenses

Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare but serious eye infection caused by a microscopic organism known as Acanthamoeba. This organism is commonly found in soil and water, and can infect the cornea of the eye if it comes into contact with contaminated sources.

One of the most common ways that people can contract Acanthamoeba keratitis is through the use of contact lenses. The infection can occur when contact lenses are not properly cleaned and disinfected, or if they are worn for extended periods of time. Additionally, those who swim or shower while wearing contact lenses are at a higher risk of contracting the infection.

Symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis can include severe eye pain, redness, blurred vision, and sensitivity to light. In severe cases, the infection can lead to permanent vision loss or even blindness.

The single best way to avoid eye infections is to follow proper lens care guidelines as prescribed by your eye care professional.  The following are key tips for contact lens care:

If you suspect that you may have Acanthamoeba keratitis, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Early diagnosis and treatment can greatly improve the chances of a successful outcome.

David Greening David Greening, ABOC, BS(HONS) Ophth. Dispensing David is our resident optician, and has been in optics since 2002. He attained his Bachelor of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing in Kent, England (2014). He has extensive experience, having managed his own practice for many years prior to arriving at Astorino & Associates Eye Center. He is a licensed American optician (ABOC) and is well-recognized for his quality of service, attention to detail, and patient care.

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