Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science


Urgent Care


Dr. Tom Colletti


Contact lens wear, especially in the 18-35 age group, continues to increase due to the benefits of freedom from eyeglasses and improvement of sight. Contact lens wear brings the possibility of adverse effects such as chronic red eye, photophobia, and dry eyes. However, more serious and sight threatening ocular injuries can occur. One of the most dangerous contact lens infections is keratitis caused by the protozoan Acanthamoeba. Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is very painful, difficult to treat, and can cause permanent ocular damage. It can be difficult to diagnose and often mimics other types of keratitis. It is important for practitioners to understand the importance of contact lens hygiene and to educate patients on prevention of ocular infection due to contact lens misuse.


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