As more and more people wear contact lenses worldwide, increasingly more cases of a destructive eye disease have been appearing over the past several years. The disease is called amoebic keratitis (AK).
In the U.S., there are 1-2 cases per one million contact lens users.
AK is a very painful eye infection and if not treated in a timely manner can cause blindness.
The offending organism is called Acanthamoeba which is normally found free-living in the environment; soil, water (including tap and bottled water). However, Acanthamoeba can cause AK, sometime through accidental trauma, but most frequently through the use of soft contact lenses. To read the full story, go to the Examiner