May 5, 2006
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Update on Serious Eye Infections Associated with Soft Contact Lens Use and Contact Lens Solution
Today, FDA is providing the latest update about soft contact lens use and contact lens solution that may increase the risk for Fusarium keratitis. This update is intended to clarify recently released information on cases of Fusarium keratitis associated with contact lens solution.
The update can be viewed on the FDA website under "hot topics" link contact lenses and eye infections at:
Statement from Florida Board of Optometry about Fusarium Keratitis - The Florida Board of Optometry commends the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Florida Department of Health for their quick response and current investigation into potential cases of Fusarium Keratitis. Without the proper eye drop treatment, this eye disease can cause scarring of the cornea and result in permanent blurry vision or even blindness.
The board strongly recommends that consumers immediately discontinue use of Bausch & Lomb Renu with Moisture Loc solution until CDC's investigation is completed. The board also strongly encourages anyone who has used the solution and is having eye problems to see an eye professional immediately.
The board would like to remind all contact lens wearers to follow their eye doctors' instructions on hygiene and proper wear of their contact lenses, and to follow these six recommendations for clear and safe contact lens wear:
- Always wash your hands before handling contact lenses.
- Carefully and regularly clean contact lenses.
- Store lenses in a clean and proper case, replacing the case every three months.
- Use only cleaning products recommended by your eye professional.
- Never re-use old solution.
- Replace contact lenses as prescribed by your eye doctor.
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