Acanthamoeba Keratitis (AK)

AK is a devastating eye infection which can occur when the eye is exposed to contaminated water.  Contact lens wearers are more prone to it, although non wearers are also at risk.  It is very rare, affecting up to 2 people per 100,000 in the UK, and the risk can be considerably reduced by regular eye checks, following your practitioner’s advice and lens care routines, and remembering that contact lenses and water do not mix:

Dr Nicole Carnt of the School of Optometry and Vision Science, UNSW, Sydney has written this article for The Conversation about keeping your contact lenses clean:

Every year the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) organises a Contact Lens Health Week to raise public awareness and promote healthy contact lens wear and care: