If you wear contact lenses, you know how important it is to keep them clean. Poor lens care often results in irritation of the eyes, but it can also lead to more serious issues. In particular, the American Optometric Association advises people to be aware of Acanthamoeba keratitis, a dangerous condition where amoebae invade a person’s cornea. Although rare, the AOA says cases of this sight-threatening infection are on the rise. The most common ways to contract it include using tap water to clean contact lenses or lens cases; swimming in lakes with contact lenses; and generally failing to properly clean contact lenses or their cases.
Symptoms include pain and redness in the eyes; blurred vision and sensitivity to light; and irritation that does not go away, even after removing the contact lenses. To learn more about the care of contact lenses or symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis, schedule an appointment with an optometrist covered by your True Care Advantage discount dental plan. A thorough eye exam will help determine the cause of any existing issues with your vision and set you up with a plan to keep your eyes healthy.