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Teen nearly loses her vision after eye-eating parasite grows on her contact lens Modified: March 28, 2013 at 12:57 pm •  Published: March 28, 2013

A South Florida high school senior nearly lost her vision after a parasite grew on her contact lens and began eating through her cornea, according to

After experiencing redness and throbbing in her eye, Ashley Hyde, 18, went to see doctors, but they couldn’t figure out what was wrong at first.

Eventually, doctors discovered that she had an acanthamoeba infection. Acanthamoeba is a microscopic parasite found in water and soil that can spread through contact lens use, cuts, or skin wounds or by being inhaled into the lungs, reports.

H/T: Gawker
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