On April 10, 2006, Bausch & Lomb announced suspension of shipments of its saline solution ReNu with MoistureLoc. Reports of fungal keratitis infections are surfacing in contact lens wearers who use the solution.
Increase in fungal infections found
Just before Bausch & Lomb announced it was suspending shipments, the FDA warned of increasing numbers of the fungal infections in those who wear contact lenses. There were 109 cases of Fusarium keratitis under investigation by public health authorities. Data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) from 30 cases of the infections revealed that 28 wore contact lenses and that most used ReNu MoistureLoc brand.
Fungal keratitis is a serious eye infection that can develop through the whole depth of the cornea. The infection can require prolonged drug therapy with a variety antifungals. If drugs do not work and the eye is damaged, surgery may be necessary to remove fungal ulcers/lesions. Symptoms of fungal keratitis include eye pain, eye discomfort, decrease in vision and light hypersensitivity. Fusarium infection may lead to vision loss requiring corneal transplants.
There are 30 million Americans who wear soft contact lenses. The FDA urges all contact wearers to keep their hands and lens cases clean. In addition, they ask doctors to be vigilant when testing patients who contract any eye infection.
If you have used Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu MoistureLoc brand contact solution and have suffered any of these problems, contact us today!
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