Options. Phmb, chlohexidine, brolene acanhtamoeba can be difficult to manage. Different combinations of medications may be tried. See a corneal specialist soon.
Organism. Bacterial keratitis is the infection of the cornea with one of many of the bacterial invaders of the body. Acanthamoeba is a protozoa which likes to live in the cornea, but fortunately is rare. Bacteria causes acute inflammation with pus, pain and discharge. Amoebas are slow growing, produce a chronic problem resistent to anti-bacterials. See a corneal specialist if you suspect this problem.
Causative bug. The difference is what is the organism that is causing the keratitis: bacteria or amoeba.
Can you go blind from acanthamoeba keratitis? How long does it take an opthomologist to know if you have acanthamoeba keratitis.
Yes, blindness can. Happen. Usually the diagnosis is clinical. Very difficult to identify these in the lab. Clinical symptoms include pain out of proportion to findings on exam, history of hard contact lens use and using tap water to clean. See an ophthalmologist to evaluate this.
Yes. Acanthamoebic keratitis (ak) is a serious corneal infection that can result in corneal blindness or total blindness. A high index of suspicion is generally necessary in establishing a prompt diagnosis and aggressive treatment. The general problem is corneal inflammation/infection not responding to typical treatment regimens, which prolongs the disease. Ak risk highest in soft ctls, homemade saline.
Amoeba. It is an infection caused by an amoeba.
Corneal infection. It is a corneal ulcer caused by waterborne amoeba, often found in lakes and canals in tropical areas. It needs to be treated agressively because the infection may spread into the central nervous system.
Best not to. Virtually all corneal infections (keratitis) due to acanthemeba is related to contact lens solutions. It is a very difficult disease to treat. I'd suggest lasik rather than contacts; spectacles would be best.
The cornea. By definition, this is an amoebic infection of the surface and eventually the interior of the cornea. It usually comes about with in appropriate cleaning of a contact lens or swimming especially in lakes and rivers mostly in the us south.
Acanthamoeba. Acanthamoeba is a devastating infection of the cornea. The parasites live in water. People with contact lenses trap the organisms under the contact for a longer transit time! At least that is the theory. 90% of all acanthamoeba keratitis happen in contact lens users.
Different organisms. Bacterial keratitis is caused by bacteria, such as staphylococcus, streptococcus and so forth. Acanthamoeba keratitis is caused by the amoeba protozoan Acanthamoeba. The treatment and disease course is very different.