According to the research team, Acanthamoeba keratitis has increase thrice since 2011 in South-East England.
As per the study published, in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, individuals who use reusable contact lens suffering from eye infection is caused by using contaminated water or due to poor hygiene of contact lens. According to the lead author of the Professor John Dart, from UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said that though this infection is quite rare and it usually affects 2.5 contact lens users in 100,000 per year in South East England, but it is preventable. He also said that growing number of cases have spread awareness about the risk associated with the use of infected contact lens.
Acanthamoeba (a cyst-forming microorganism) is an infection that causes eye disease affecting the eye and the cornea to become inflamed and painful. The eye disease in known as Acanthamoeba keratitis.
The most badly affected people (a quarter of the total) have only 25% of the vision or even become blind due to the disease and have to face prolonged treatment. Moreover, 25% of the people affected need corneal transplants to handle the disease or to restore vision.
Anyone can get affected due to this disease, but the contact lens users are more susceptible to get this disease. Although the reason is not fully established, but because of using those contact lens and contamination of contact lens.