The media have focused on acanthamoeba keratitis this week. At Moorfields we have seen an increase in these cases read more here.
In 2013 Moorfields treated 60 new cases of acanthamoeba keratitis which was an increase in incidence of around two to three times more than in recent years. Moorfields consultant Professor John Dart believes 90% of acanthamoeba keratitis cases can be prevented by avoiding water contact with contact lenses
Patient groups and researchers at Moorfields and the University of Leicester are working to raise awareness of this disease through an ongoing research project and patient information and awareness events.
If you are interested in helping to raise awareness of this condition, there are still spaces available at the fourth acanthamoeba keratitis focus group meeting at City Road on Saturday 23 May 2015, click here for tickets.
A Moorfields patient, Irenie Ekkeshis, has been instrumental in developing and distributing a "No water" contact lens packaging sticker with the British Contact Lens Association, which presented her with an award for her work in this area.
In the autumn Moorfields ran a Healthy Habits Healthy Eyes awareness campaign aimed at contact lens wearers to raise awareness of the dangers of bacterial infections and the need for good contact lens care. The campaign attracted a great deal of media attention and is full of tips on good contact lens care, find out more here: http://www.moorfields.nhs.uk/content/healthy-habits-healthy-eyes
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