The Hazardous Parasite that Can Lead to Blindness

The Hazardous Parasite that Can Lead to Blindness

Do you constantly wear contact lenses? You might want to learn about a parasite that can strike and cause blindness.

Acanthamoeba is one of the most frightening parasites in the world and that’s no exaggeration. Why? It is capable of harming eyes severely and can eventually cause one to be totally blinded.

It is found worldwide in a variety of fresh water sources all over. Anyone who gets contaminated water in their eye is at risk of infection.

Acanthamoeba Kerititis

Acanthamoeba Kerititis is a rare infection and eye disease that the parasite causes. Once Acanthamoeba gets to the eyeball, it then feeds off bacteria on the outer layer of an eye but eventually, it is bound to feed off the eyeball itself, causing significant damage.

Several studies show that 85 percent of people diagnosed with this rare eye disease are wearing contact lenses as the parasite tends to use them as a tool to penetrate its way.

Causes of Blindness

In fact, those who are diagnosed with Acanthamoeba Kerititis suffer from impaired vision, discomfort, eye redness and extreme pain as the disease damages the cornea extensively. Worse, they can eventually be blinded.

Yes, it can be that devastating. Make sure that doesn’t happen to you.

Acanthamoeba, according to ophthalmologists, are extremely difficult to treat due to its impenetrable exterior, making it very hard to kill.

Aside from this terror that Acanthamoeba can cause, there are other parasites as well that can do harm to your eyes: (link of our previous blog on five parasite that can damage the eye).

Still, there’s nothing to worry about as prevention is always better than cure, particularly in this instance.

It is important to have your eye checked every time as it is necessary to ensure its health.

Visit and book a consultation and our ophthalmologists are ready to help you whichever way to ensure that you will continue to live your life maximizing the gift of vision.

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