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Acanthamoeba

Acanthamoeba

There has been a great deal of noise made in the press over the last few years about acanthamoeba - we have written this page to assure contact lens wearers

Acanthamoeba

Acanthamoeba is a type of protozoa commonly found in cold water supplies.  We are all exposed to this protozoa most of the time, however if it comes in to contact with a contact lens it can cause the eye to become damaged, and, if untreated may lead to blindness. The best advice at the moment is to absolutely ensure that you are using your contact lenses correctly, using your contact lens solutions correctly, to attend very regular contact lens checks, and to ensure your lenses do not come in to contact with tap water.  If you folow the advice the risk of infection is very, very small

Contact lens manufacturers make many claims, and counter claims, as to the effectiveness of  the contact lens solutions they make.  Whilst it may be true that solution X is marginally better than solution Y -  we believe that if you take the advice of your optician regarding your contact lens solutions you will not inadvertently cause many other contact lens problems