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Glossary for Acanthamoeba infection of the eye

  • Acanthamoeba keratitis: Infection of the eye with a microscopic, free-living ameba (Acanthamoeba) that is readily found in the environment - soil, air and water. Infection most often occurs through exposure to contaminated water while wearing contact lenses e.g. swimming or showering in infected waters.
  • Blindness: The inability to see out of the eyes
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Conjunctivitis: Contagious eye infection
  • Eye and vision conditions: Medical conditions affecting the eyes or the vision systems.
  • Eye pain: Pain in the eye.
  • Head Conditions: Conditions that affect the head
  • Impaired vision: Reduced or degraded vision.
  • Keratitis: Any inflammation of the cornea of the eye
  • Parasitic Conditions: A condition that is characterised by another organism living off another organism
  • Photophobia: An exaggerated or irrational fear of light.


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