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Fusarium keratitis Eye Infection Spreads to 33 States – CDC Still Investigating Bausch & Lomb Lens Cleaner ReNu with MoistureLoc

May 12th 2006

Fusarium keratitis Eye Infection Spreads to 33 States – CDC Still Investigating Bausch & Lomb Lens Cleaner ReNu with MoistureLoc

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The cause of the recent Fusarium keratitis outbreak is not yet confirmed, but authorities say that two thirds of the patients used Bausch & Lomb Inc.'s newest lens cleaner, ReNu with MoistureLoc.  Some eye care professionals have stopped issuing the solutions after word that the infection has spread to 33 states and territories. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed at least one case in each of the following states: AR, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MO, NC, ND, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, PR, TN, TX and VT.   The agency says that one reason for the increased number of cases may reflect reclassification of existing reports that had been under investigation. 

The CDC reports that there are 122 confirmed cases, 15 possible cases and 60 cases still under investigation. They want to remind the public that the risk of contracting fungal keratitis from contact lenses remains extremely low.  A spokesperson said that they are “investigation into identifying whether there are specific factors that may have placed people at risk for developing fungal keratitis, including hygiene practices, overnight contact lens wear and specific solutions used.”

 

Federal Authorities have inspected the Bausch & Lomb factory in Greenville, S.C., where MoistureLoc is made.  They found no evidence of contamination, but extensive microbiologic tests could take weeks to analyze. 

There are some things contact lens wearers should be aware of.  The symptoms for Fusarium keratitis include unusual redness, pain, tearing, light sensitivity, blurry vision, discharge or swelling.  If you experience any of these symptoms, see your eye care professional immediately. 

 

It is important to be treated for the condition because the infection can lead to blindness.  Without special eye-drop treatment, the infection can scar the cornea.  Some patients have required cornea transplants. 

The FDA says that contact lens wearers should always wash their hands with soap and water before touching their eyes or contacts.  Contacts should be discarded after the time specified by the manufacturer.  Always follow the guidelines for both storage and cleaning, and the FDA says that the lens case should be cleaned regularly and replaced every 3-6 months.  Updated Article

 
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