Acanthamoeba (a-kanth-a-me-ba)

Acanthamoeba (a-kanth-a-me-ba)

What is Acanthamoeba? Acanthamoeba is a microorganism that can cause an infection of the eye. The organism is commonly found in water sources used to clean contact lenses.

What are the Symptoms of an Acanthamoeba Infection?

Tearing and the sensation of something in your eye.

Light sensitivity

Blurred vision

Red, painful, irritated eyes

How Common is Acanthamoeba?

Acanthamoeba infections are fairly rare, but their incidence increases with improper contact lens hygiene.

What are the Risk Factors for an Acanthamoeba Infection?

Using tap water to clean contact lenses

Swimming in any water source with your contact lenses in your eyes

Poor contact lens hygiene

How is Acanthamoeba Diagnosed?

Diagnosing an acanthamoeba infection begins with a comprehensive eye exam at Ducklo EyeCare

During this exam, your doctor uses equipment such as a slit-lamp to properly identify the acanthamoeba microorganism

How can You Avoid Acanthamoeba?

Properly care for your contact lenses!

Remember to always wash your hands before touching your contact lenses or your eyes

Never use anyone else’s contact lenses

Never swim in or sleep in your contact lenses

Use proper contact lens solution prescribed by your doctor

See your doctor every year so that they can evaluate your contact lenses to determine if any change in lens is needed

By | 2012-11-01T13:54:15+00:00 November 1st, 2012|Eye Disorders|0 Comments

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