A Look at This Rare Acanthomoeba Corneal infection
Concern over eye infections is a constant thing. Whether you wear Contacts or not, taking care of your eyes and guarding against infection is a necessity. Many infections can impact your eyes, but one that you may not have heard of is called Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Keratitis is a more common issue and is, essentially, an infection and/or irritation of the cornea. It can occur from bacteria, microbes, herpes, and fungus tissues entering the eye behind Contacts. Acanthamoeba Keratitis, however, is among the more serious of the four types of Keratitis.
What is Acanthamoeba Keratitis?
Serious eye infections can happen due to poor hygiene and other eye related issues and those that wear Contacts must be vigilant in their hygiene efforts, but Acanthamoeba Keratitis can impact virtually anyone. It is an infection caused primarily by a microscopic one-celled organism that enters the eye and infects the cornea. Most Acanthamoeba Keratitis infections come from large bodies of water such as lakes, rivers, and oceans, but some cases have simply come from the soil and air.
What Are Some Symptoms?
Symptoms from Acanthamoeba Keratitis can mimic symptoms of other eye conditions. Most notably, the patient will feel eye pain and redness. Some can feel sensitivity to light, the feeling of something in the eye, or simply blurred vision. In the most severe cases, patients have reported excessive tearing within the eye. Any patient experiencing any or all of the above symptoms should contact their doctor as Acanthamoeba Keratitis is not a condition that will correct itself.
Upon reviewing symptoms, an eye doctor suspecting a patient of Acanthamoeba Keratitis will order a test involving a specialized test called confocal microscopy. The cornea is essentially scraped to provide a sample of the tissue. Should the sample contain the Acanthamoeba ameba, your doctor will likely prescribe one or more specialized prescription options. Options are different depending on the severity of the infection, but always consult your doctor as untreated, this condition can result in permanent blindness.
Preventing Acanthamoeba Keratitis is vert important. Prevention is all about maintaining clean Contact & solutions each time your change or clean your Contacts. Never clean your Contact Lenses with tap water & only use certified cleaning solution. If you wear re-usable Contacts It is also recommended that you rub Contacts with a cleaning solution to further remove microbes and replace Contacts storage cases at a minimum, once every three months.
The best way to prevent Acanthamoeba Keratitis is to wear single use daily wear disposable Contacts including CLARITI 1 DAY as well as Biotrue ONEday & Biotrue ONEday for PRESBYOPIA Multifocal by Bausch & Lomb.
Acanthamoeba Keratitis can be scary to think about, but with proper care of your Contacts and storage cases, you will likely never have to worry about the condition. Lens Experts can further help by offering the latest Contacts solutions, storage cases, and an array of Contacts for you to choose from. Guard yourself against infection with proper hygiene and buying your Contacts from a trusted source like Lens Experts. We are here when you need us offering a better way to buy your Contacts. Do you need new Contacts?