Acanthamoeba Infection

Acanthamoeba rarely causes infections. These little organisms are microscopic and if they do cause an infection it can be extremely serious and a threat to vision. Acanthamoeba are cell like microorganisms that are shiny in appearance and are a species of the amoeba. They are frequently found in water and can cause infections in humans, though rarely. The most common form of Acanthamoeba infection is also called keratitis. Most people afflicted with these little microorganisms are contact wearers. The infections are prevalent in contact lens cases and on the cornea of the eye which complicates the prevention, diagnosis and subsequent treatment of the affliction. The best defense against Acanthamoeba is proper contact lens hygiene.

Acanthamoeba cause red and frequently painful eye infections. They can also cause an odd sensation in the body like something foreign is in a person. There is also frequent tearing up of the eye ducts, sensitivity to light and blurred vision. Acanthamoeba causes red irritated eyes that no amount of eye drops can seem to cure. Additionally the irritation of the eye lasts for a long period of time even after someone removes their contact lenses. Acanthamoeba can be accentuated by using tap water instead of contact solution in the case. Since every case of contact solution comes with a guide to care for lenses it must be stated that people should follow these instructions carefully.

Acanthamoeba can be avoided by making sure to wash hands before handling contact lenses. Some people contract Acanthamoeba because they use their contact lenses for much longer a time frame than they should. Disposable lenses have a lifespan of use. For example if contact lenses are supposed to be used for two weeks only, it should not be used for any longer. Some people will continue to use their lenses past the time limit. Sleeping in contact lenses can cause Acanthamoeba. Of course it should not have to be said that people should never swap contact lenses because it too can cause problems. It cannot be doubted that this disease can be avoided by following prescribed directions of an eye doctor.

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