Infection by Contact Lenses Could have Blinded a Girl

Everyone that is wearing contact lenses must be aware that there are many infections of the eye that can come through contact lenses. Changing them frequently and maintaining a proper hygiene are the two most important things that anyone that is wearing contact lenses should do.

If you are not having good hygiene habits, you might develop several infections that can sometimes be austere for your eye sight. Ashley Hyde is a teenage girl from Florida that had a horrific experience with contact lenses. There was a threatening parasite that was living inside of her lenses. This parasite was causing a huge inflammation and it was constantly worsening her vision.

Ashley had to let her doctors scrape her eye in order to prevent spreading of the parasite that was living inside of her contacts. These kinds of microbes are called acanthamoebas. They are already known as parasites that attack the human eye and can sometimes lead to some serious eye damage. This type of parasite can even cause skin infections and brain infections, too. Usually, the acanthamoebas microbe finds a home in your organism through contact lenses, wounds on the skin and in some cases, through inhalation.


The acanthamoebas parasite can cause severe damage and infection that must be treated urgently in order to prevent worsening of the condition. There are three different diseases that the acanthamoebas parasite causes. The first disease is called acanthamoeba keratitis and it is a disease that attacks the human eye. In some cases, it can even lead to blindness, but those kinds of cases are quite rare so far. The second disease that the acanthamoebas parasite causes is called granulomatous amebic encephalitis. This disease attacks the brain and the spinal cord. The last type of infection this dangerous parasite causes is the disseminated infection that is generally a widespread infection.

Keratitis is also known as cornea infection. Sometimes, keratitis can be caused through several other conditions, such as herpes, fungus, or in some cases bacteria. In order to prevent this frightening and intimidating infection, individuals that wear contacts should avoid sleeping with their contact lenses on, change them regularly and have good hygiene in order to keep their contact lenses clean all the time. Six years ago, there was a threatening outbreak of the keratitis infection.

Now, in 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention across America are giving statements that even though it sounds impossible, they have not noticed that the levels of infection and disease that come from the acanthaoebas parasite are decreasing. However, individuals that wear contacts should try not to become too paranoid, because after all, getting a serious infection like this one is easy at all and it is relatively infrequent. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention across The United States have said that it is quite hard to know how many people across the States have suffered from this type of infection, because many cases have not been reported.

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Written by Jasmina Langley

Jasmina Langley has recently moved from Macedonia to explore life in the paradise Peninsula of the United States, Florida. She currently has a home in Starke, Florida and is aspiring to be a hard-core journalist. She is savvy with her words, but has a unique way of getting the point of across in a conversational tone which people are drawn to. She has written for several other popular websites on the Internet, but we are very proud to have her outstanding talents loyal to our needs for She also is a journalists for a few other websites throughout the Internet. She will be capturing the news in all of our various health categories, and will not hold back when it comes to bringing you the best reviews, news posts, and information. Contact Jasmina at

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