Acanthamoeba keratitis

Increase in acanthamoeba keratitis may be associated with use of multipurpose contact lens solution

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1246 (Published 21 February 2012)
Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1246

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  1. Haneen Jasim, F2 ophthalmology1,
  2. Nat Knox-Cartwright, fellow in ophthalmology1,
  3. Stuart Cook, consultant ophthalmology1,
  4. Derek Tole, consultant1
  1. 1Bristol Eye Hospital, Bristol BS1 2LX, UK
  1. hjasim{at}doctors.org.uk

Acanthamoeba, a ubiquitous amoeba associated with stagnant water, can cause a sight threatening keratitis that is difficult to treat.1 Contact lens users are at greater risk of developing atypical keratitis, particularly when lens hygiene is poor.2

We reviewed case notes to try to identify risk factors that could explain the increased incidence of acanthamoeba keratitis at this eye hospital (figure …

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