Resources for Health Professionals
Clinicians: For 24/7 diagnostic assistance, specimen collection guidance, shipping instructions, and treatment recommendations, please contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100.
Clinicians: CDC now has an investigational drug called miltefosine available for treatment of free-living ameba (FLA) infections caused by Naegleria fowleri, Balamuthia mandrillaris, and Acanthamoeba species. If you have a patient with suspected FLA infection, please contact the CDC Emergency Operations Center at 770-488-7100 to consult with a CDC expert regarding the use of this drug.
CDC expert Dr. Allison Brown discusses Acanthamoeba keratitis. She shares four key messages about contact lens safety that eye care providers can give patients and parents of young patients.
Treatment recommendations from The Medical Letter
Patient Education Resources
- CDC, Podcast: Care for Your Contacts: Keeping Eyes Safe
- CDC, Acanthamoeba keratitis Prevention and Control
- CDC, Acanthamoeba keratitis Epidemiology and Risk Factors
- CDC, Vision Health (Including information about common eye disorders)
- American Academy of Ophthalmology, Proper Care of Contact Lenses
- CDC, Contact Lens Care
- FDA, Consumer Update: Mom, Can I Get Contact Lenses, Please?
- FDA, Contact Lens Care, Demonstration Video [WMV - 2:12]
- FDA, Ensuring Safe Use of Contact Lens Solution [PDF - 2 pages]
- FDA, Focusing on Contact Lens Safety [PDF - 3 pages]
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