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Common amoeba dangerous for contact lens wearers

(HealthDayNews) -- If you wear contact lenses, you might want to take extra care when swimming or taking a shower.

According to the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, lens wearers are at risk of eye infection caused by an amoeba commonly found in tap water, ponds and lakes.

The organism, Acanthamoeba, is resistant to chlorine used to sterilize tap water. Warning signs of infection are redness, vision loss and eye pain. If you experience these symptoms, consult an ophthalmologist immediately.

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