Although very rare, Acanthamoeba Keratitis is an extremely painful sight-threatening infection of the front part of the eye (the cornea).
Acanthamoeba Keratitis is an intensely painful condition accompanied by a severe inflammation of the eye. The condition requires immediate treatment so donâ€™t wait until visible signs appear.
Amoebas found in almost all soil, fresh water, sea water and even air are the source of this condition. Contact lens wearers are at highest risk if they clean their lenses or lens cases in tap water, or swim while wearing their lenses as the amoebas are present in areas where limescale or bacteria can build up.
Lens wearers should never rinse the lenses with tap water. Donâ€™t even use distilled water. You should always follow your optometristâ€™s instructions on disinfection and clean lenses daily in the correct sterile solutions. When used and cared for properly contact lenses offer an extremely safe and effective form of vision correction.
Contact lens wearers who experience any kind of unusual or intense pain in their eyes should contact the practice as we will always make time to see emergency appointments same-day.