Did you know that the best golden tip to help diagnosed Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a confocal scanner – it gives the doctor the opportunity to see if there are cyst. Thanks to the confocal scanner I was diagnosed and could start my treatment immediately. Every country and big eye hospital should have one! The more time it takes to diagnosed AK the more damage is done.
A confocal scanner or in vivo confocal microscopy (IVCM) is an emerging noninvasive imaging and diagnostic tool, which enables morphological and quantitative analysis of ocular surface microstructure, both in health and disease
Identification of the causative organism in patients with infective keratitis is of considerable clinical importance and several studies have revealed the usefulness of confocal microscopy in diagnosing Acanthamoeba keratitis
Is not painful. They numb your eye with drops and put a gel in your eye (like the gel when they do echos) so they can move around easily.
Please find below a list of hospitals that do have in-house a confocal scanner.
Countries listed below: Australia – Brasil – Germany – Netherlands – New Zealand – South Africa – Spain – United Kingdom – United States –
IMPORTANT: if you happen to know more hospitals where they have a Confocal Scanner please contact us so we can add it.
The site is put together by ex-patients of AK, not medically trained in any way. We hope you will find this information helpful but please if in any doubt ALWAYS seek advice/treatment from an ophthalmologist / corneal specialist