Acanthamoeba is a common organism commonly found in soil and fresh water. Infection rate is low, but once infection does occur, it can be a severe threat to your vision.
- Cleaning and disinfecting contact lenses and it case with tap water.
- Swimming with contact lenses, rivers and fresh water lakes in particular.
- A red, painful infection that does not respond or improve with traditional treatment.
- Excess tearing, light sensitivity, blurred vision with a sensation of something in the eye.
- Irritated, red eyes that last persist after removing your contacts.
It is always best to see an optometrist if you notice a red, irritated or painful eye. Acanthamoeba classically produces greater pain than signs would suggest, but can progress very quickly. The doctor will perform a complete eye exam to determine the cause of infection, and may order labs or a biopsy for a final diagnosis. In many cases, Acanthamoeba must be managed with a corneal specialist due to the aggressive nature of the infection.
- Removal of damaged tissue
- Topical prescriptions
- Biopsy may be considered if condition doesn’t improve
- Proper hand washing before handling contacts.
- Rinse contact lens before storing.
- Never use saliva to cleanse contacts.
- Remove contacts before sleeping(unless instructed by your physician).
- Do not share or swap contacts with anyone.
- Use sterile products given to you by your physician to cleans you contact lenses.
- See your optometrist regularly.
- Do not use tap water to cleans your contact lens.