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Ongoing Outbreak of Rare Eye Infection Found Among Contact Lens Wearers

A cyst-forming microorganism that can cause an infection of the cornea has become an ongoing threat for contact lens wearers in the U.K., CNN reports. The infection, Acanthamoeba keratitis, has tripled since 2011, affecting 2 in every 100,000 contact lens wearers. While the numbers are lower in the U.S., the seriousness of this disease should not be overlooked, as the most severe cases can end up needing a corneal transplant — or worse: You could end up blind. Plus, the organism is...

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