Contact Lenses and the Flesh Eating Organism

Contact Lenses and the Flesh Eating Organism

Contrary to what some contact lens users may think, contact lenses are medical devices, and proper care and wear is crucial to maintaining long term health. Eye care providers (ECPs) are familiar with a flesh eating micro-organism, Acanthamoeba that occurs with mixing water and contact lens use.  But it was not until Channel 9 news reporting a case of a 57 year old man losing his eye that Acanthamoeba became more known to contact lens users. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) published a report documenting contact lens wearers’ risky behavior.  50% of…