Alabama long snapper Ryan Parris battling eye-eating amoeba

Monday April 18th, 2016

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Alabama long snapper Ryan Parris is battling an eye-eating amoeba, reports’s Joseph Goodman.

Despite having limited vision in his left eye due to the condition, called acanthamoeba keratitis, Parris took part in two plays during Saturday’s spring game.

The redshirt freshman walk-on was diagnosed with the rare disease, in which an amoeba occupies the cornea and can cause complete blindness, in November. The cause is thought to be from incorrectly washing his contacts. Parris is expected to make a full recovery.

Until he recovers, however, Parris will wear a specialized pair of goggles while playing. He will participate in the Crimson Tide’s off-season conditioning program.

Parris’s status is unknown for the 2016 season.

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