Danger Of Lenses: Woman Says Contact Lenses Caused Rare Infection And Possible Blindness

Lifestyle & Health

September 7, 2018 14:38 By Fabiosa

The rare disease, acanthamoeba keratitis, can affect anyone. Nevertheless, those people who wear contact lenses are in the risk group. According to the information, provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, around 85% of cases occur in contact lens users. The incidence of the disease in developed countries is one to 33 cases per million contact lens wearers.

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The reasons for acanthamoeba keratitis can be different: improper storing, handling, disinfecting, contact with contaminated water, etc.

The 22-years-old Tori Gasho is now battling this eye infection that’s threatening her vision. The vision in her right eye is very bad and she can barely see objects. Moreover, it is rather difficult for her to open it because her eyes became extremely sensitive and painful.

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In the interview with 6abc she said:

Kind of like a stabbing feeling, kind of like there's something in my eye.

Tori’s doctor, Christopher Rapuano, claims her condition was caused by an amoeba found in all kinds of water.

He said:

It's all over, it's in regular tap water, pool water, the ocean, it's really all over the place.

The doctor also gave some tips to prevent the disease

Things like not cleaning contact lenses properly, sleeping in contacts is a big no, no. Swimming in contacts is a big no, no. Showering with them is not great either.

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The treatment is rather complicated and includes the need of having eye drops every hour.

How to avoid it?

What can you do to decrease the risk of developing Acanthamoeba keratitis? First of all, it is necessary to visit a doctor in order to have an eye examination regularly. Also, make sure you follow the schedule prescribed by your eye care provider.

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Make sure you remove the lenses before the contact with water. And don’t forget to wash your hands with soap and water before handling contact lenses.

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