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ReNu Linked To Contact Lens Fungus

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Bausch and Lomb has stopped shipments of its ReNu contact lens solution after the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) linked it to a fungal eye infection that can cause temporary blindness. The CDC is currently investigating 109 reports of fusarium keratitis which can scar the cornea and blind it victims if not treated in time. There have already been 8 cases where U.S. patients have needed cornea transplants.

According to Foxnews.com

Federal and state health officials have interviewed just 30 of those patients. However, of the 28 who wore soft contact lens, 26 reported using Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu brand contact lens solution or a generic type of solution also made by the Rochester, N.Y., company.

Five of the 26 patients also reported using other types of solutions in addition to ReNu, Bausch & Lomb said. And nine said they wore their lenses overnight, which is known to increase the risk of infection, the CDC said.

Soft contact users with eye redness or pain, tearing, increased light sensitivity, blurred vision or discharge should stop wearing contacts and contact a doctor immediately, said Dr. Malvina Eydelman, director of the FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices.

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