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Can you wear contacts after having Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

I have Acanthamoeba Keratitis. Has anyone ever had this and been able to wear contacts again, or have the Lasik surgery? I don't see as well with my glasses and really want to do something when this is all done and taken care of, but my doctors don't seem to think I will be able to.

You have AK and still have eyesight. Praise the good Lord for that. I don't know how you came about having AK but you do realize its a sight threatening condition right. You can wear contacts again after it resolves, but I guess the question is should you be wearing contacts again? People who get AK are usually highly non compliant contact lens users, if that's who you are then I don't know that you're doctor will be willing to prescribe you another set of contact lenses to save you from yourself. If you are not that person, once treated you should be able to go back to wearing lenses and have LASIK if you choose to do that, not immediately of course but after your course of drugs is over. hope this helps. Good luck to ya:)  (+ info)

Whats the difference between bacterial keratits and acanthamoeba keratitis?

They both seem a little scary but it seems the first is less sight threatening. The Doctors office is the best place to have this question answered.

Acanthamoeba keratitis can occur in patients of any age, sex or race, but mostly manifests in young, healthy adults. The list of risk factors is long: corneal foreign body, contact with non-sterile water, bullous keratopathy, neurotrophic keratopathy, herpes simplex keratitis, radial keratotomy, swimming and scuba diving, basement membrane dystrophy, contact lens wear and bacterial keratitis. Cases sometimes arise with no identifiable risk factors. Essentially, any event that disrupts the corneal epithelium is a potential risk factor for Acanthamoeba keratitis.

Bacterial keratitis is a sight-threatening process. A particular feature of bacterial keratitis is its rapid progression; corneal destruction may be complete in 24-48 hours with some of the more virulent bacteria. Corneal ulceration, stromal abscess formation, surrounding corneal edema, and anterior segment inflammation are characteristic of this disease.  (+ info)

Is anyone here an an acanthamoeba keratitis survivor?

If anyone is or knows someone please let me know i would like to talk to someone wherever they are in their life please email me or let me know!!


I also have acanthamoeba keratitis but I don't heard you will die from it.
I have medicated since 14 of april 2009. It will take several months to heal, chances are good if found early. They found mine in 14 days.

I'd like to discuss this with you, since you also have this kind of infection, in my right eye, blurry vision now :-(

Email me,

Johan  (+ info)

Anyone get acanthamoeba keratitis?

I did this past summer, i thoroughly enjoy the treatment of a week in hospital and being kept awake for round the clock treatment. If you know what peroxide feels like, imagine that in your eyes every hour on the hour a week straight. but for my suffering, i've been told that i'm the best patient they've ever seen for recovery.
i've never used renu with moisture loc, you've mistaken what i had(an amoeba) with what moisture loc users got(a fungus) you can get what i got just about anywhere there's resting water.

Well, it sounds like an interesting diesease....

But, at the end of the day, you can't go around telling every c u n t that its breakfast time!  (+ info)

Do I have Acanthamoeba keratitis?

I went the beach and was unable to get contact solution, so when i dropped my contact in the bathroom i used tap water and purified water. It has almost been 48 hours, and my eye isn't really hurting though it might be a little stingy (or i'm just thinking about it). However it does feel like there's something in it and its a little red, but not bad.

Should I see a doctor? and how long until it affects my vision?

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Eyes Acanthamoeba Keratitis help!!!!!!!

I think I got acanthamoeba Keratitis. I'm wondering is their any treantment? are my eyes wil always red? i'm gonna lost my vision. I'm going to see my doctor, but i'm so worry, can someone give me the answer. 10 points for best answer

Acanthamoeba keratitis is often difficult for your eye doctor to diagnose at first because its symptoms appear similar to those associated with other eye infections, such as conjunctivitis.

The best thing to do is to take your contacts out immediately, if you haven't done so already, and contact an optometrist ASAP.

If you've worn your contacts while swimming or in a watery area (like water park), or use water to store/rinse/or clean your contacts than you should let the doctor know.  (+ info)

Acanthamoeba Keratitis.I might have it?

Well, a few weeks ago i went into a water park. I had my contacts on while i was in the water. Then after that i continued wearing it. Then 3 days after that i noticed a gray spot on my eye. i went to the eye doctor's office and they told me i have an infiltration and dry eyes. i was like okay. then i went for a follow up and they said it was better. i'm going for another follow up. i read about how you get Acanthamoeba Keratitis and i do all of the thing your not suppose to do. But the funny thing is i've never had any of the symptons. yet now im wearing glasses not contacts. and when i take my glasses off and go outside i have to blink cause of the light it's weird well cause im not used to having my glasses off. Do you think i might have it/ or do u think mayb i'm lucky and now i have to start taking car eof my eyes.

Acanthamoeba is a quite rare disease. I have been in practice since 1983 and have yet to actually see one. Chances are good that you have a more common bacterial corneal ulcer.  (+ info)

Does Clear Care Solution Prevent/ Lower your Chances of Acanthamoeba keratitis?

I just saw something about a kid my age (14) going blind from Acanthamoeba keratitis, I assume he used a regular Renu solution or something, which i used to use; i just switched to Clear Care.. i almost always wear my contacts in the shower, and i always wear them at the beach (not smart, i know, but i don't go in the ocean anymore) and when i swim in my pool. Since Clear Care is a hydrogen peroxide solution, does it help prevent/ lower your chances of getting Acanthamoeba keratitis?
Please Help (:

Well, no, not really. You get infected by this by being exposed to it and it being stuck between your contact and your eye, so taking a shower and swimming in them in any circumstance makes your chances higher, not really the solution you use to disinfect them. there have been some solutions in the past that have been suspect of not killing this little guy all that well, and they are no longer on the market.

There are several easy ways to greatly reduce the chance of getting this sight-threatening condition — and, in fact, any type of eye infection:

Follow your eye doctor's recommendations regarding care of your contact lenses. Use only products that he or she recommends.
Never use tap water with your contact lenses. Do not swim, shower or use a hot tub while wearing them. If you do decide to wear your lenses while swimming, wear airtight swim goggles and afterward dispose of the lenses immediately.
Be sure to soak your lenses in fresh disinfecting solution every night. Don't use a wetting solution or saline solution that isn't intended for disinfection.
Always wash your hands before handling your lenses.
Unless you are wearing disposable contact lenses that are replaced daily, always clean the lenses upon removal, or at a minimum, rub the lenses with your multipurpose solution and rinse the solution off of the lens.

Also read more about it here:

http://www.allaboutvision.com/contacts/acanthamoeba-keratitis.htm  (+ info)

How do I know if I have Acanthamoeba keratitis?

I spent the weekend at the beach with a friend and forgot to pack contact solution. So I took my contacts out and dropped one on the nasty floor in the bathroom of our condo. And since I wasn't able to get solution that night I used tap water and then bottled water to wash them off and then put them back in. Later that night i took them out dropped a few drops of bottled water in the case and put them back in in the morning. It's almost been two days and I feel like i have something in my eye but it isn't hurting really or burning that bad, and idk if its sensative to light or not. Its a little red but not bad.
But anyway... I am just wandering how I will be able to tell for sure if I need to see a doctor.
and how much time I have before it affects my vision.
Can anyone help PLEASE?
Thanks in advance.

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how long does it take for acute keratitis to heal?

I have acute keratitis in both of my eyes, which is caused by my contact lenses and there ARE ulcers on my eye. My opthamologist prescribed some anti-biotic eyedrops and after a few days, she said I didn't need them anymore and prescribed artificial eyedrops. It's been a week and a half and she said that my cornea is looking better but not completely healed.

However, she did not tell me how long I would have to keep wearing glasses and using the artificial tears and when I can start wearing my contact lenses again. Can somebody tell me?

Treatment depends on the cause of the keratitis

Infectious keratitis generally requires antibacterial, antifungal, or antiviral therapy is to treat the infection. This treatment can involve prescription eye drops, pills, or even intravenous therapy. Over-the-counter eye drops are typically not helpful in treating infections. In addition, contact lens wearers are typically advised to discontinue contact lens wear and discarding contaminated contact lenses and contact lens cases. Antibacterial solutions include Quixin (levofloxacin), Zymar (gatifloxacin), Vigamox (moxifloxacin), Ocuflox (ofloxacin — available generically). Steroid containing medications should not be used for bacterial infections, as they may exacerbate the disease and lead to severe corneal ulceration and corneal perforation. These include Maxitrol (neomycin+polymyxin+dexamethasone — available generically), as well as other steroid medications.. One should consult a qualified Ophthalmologist or Optometrist for treatment of an eye condition.

Some infections may scar the cornea to limit vision. Others may result in perforation of the cornea, (an infection inside the eye), or even loss of the eye. With proper medical attention, infections can usually be successfully treated without long-term visual loss.

I hope I helped!  (+ info)

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