Marie-Sophie Lacarrau suffering from amoebic keratitis: what is this infection that took the journalist away from 13 hours from TF1?

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The journalist Marie-Sophie Lacarrau will find the armchair of the 1 p.m. newspaper of TF1 this Monday, May 16. Absent from the antenna for five months, she suffered from amoebic keratitis. The Midi Dispatch explains to you what this infection is.

Absent from the air for five months, the presenter of the 1 p.m. news from TF1, Marie-Sophie Lacarrau, suffered from amoebic keratitis. She returns to the antenna Monday, May 16.

Inflammation of the cornea

“It’s an infection of the cornea by amoebae, parasites present in tap water”, she herself explained to our colleagues from the Parisian. More concretely, the Aveyronnaise suffered from an inflammation of the transparent tissue which protects the eye and which is called the cornea. Constantly solicited to prevent dust and foreign bodies from entering the eye, this transparent wall can be damaged and give way to an infection which is then called keratitis.

An infection related to wearing contact lenses

The infection can be bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic. It can also be caused by dry eyes, blepharitis (inflammation of the edge of the eyelids) or due to UV exposure.

In the case of Marie-Sophie Lacarrau, it is an amoebic keratitis. A type of so-called “parasitic” keratitis, extremely rare and mainly linked to prolonged or poorly adapted contact lens wear. In this specific case, a parasite – present in tap water – came into contact with the presenter’s eye and the lens she was wearing “covered up”, allowing the foreign body to settle in and disappear. quietly attacking his cornea.

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An extremely painful disease

“Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, I couldn’t stand the light, overnight,” says Marie-Sophie Lacarrau. She claims to have had “the impression of having gravel or pieces of glass in the eye. The pain radiates in the head and in the teeth. Impossible to imagine that it would be so long, so painful.”

This inflammation can cause a reduction in the field of vision, a vision disorder but can also lead to erosion of the cornea. If the Aveyronnaise claims to have never been afraid of losing her sight, she reveals all the same to have “lived two months in the dark”, her right eye – the only infected – “always closed”.

To treat herself, the native Villefranche-de-Rouergue used eye drops for several weeks, the role of which was to directly attack the parasites installed on her eye. “I was lucky that the lesions healed well. I have a very good genetic heritage!”