Name: Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution
Manufacturer: Advanced Medical Optics – Dilation – Expansion.
Approved uses: Contact lens solution
Common malfunction: Solution found to contain an infectious parasite.
Has been associated with an increased risk of fungal keratitis, fusarium keratitis, acanthamoeba keratitis, corneal disease, vision loss, blindness
Complete Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution
Complete Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution, manufactured by Advanced Medical Optics, is used for cleaning and storage purposes for soft contact lenses. The solution recently has been found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cause a seven-fold increase in a rare infection, Acanthamoeba keratitis, in those who use it. While the investigation is in preliminary stages, the infection is very serious and can lead to blindness or corneal infections in those who are exposed to the bacteria. Those who use Complete Moisture Plus are advised to discard any solution they have and to switch to another brand.
Advanced Medical Optics Recalls Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution
One of the largest U.S. manufacturers of contact lens cleaning solution, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) announced recently that it would voluntarily remove all bottles of its complete Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution from store shelves in what would amount to a massive contact lens solution recall. The AMO decided to recall the unsafe contact lens solution after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a number of cases of a rare but serious and potentially blinding eye disease associated with the contact lens solution. Users of the contact lens solution are advised to contact a doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms:
• eye pain or redness
• blurred vision
• sensitivity to light
• the feeling of something in the eye
• excessive tearing
Details of the Moisture Plus Recall
The disease, Acanthamoeba Keratitis, has been confirmed in 138 patients since the beginning of the outbreak in January 2005, according to the CDC. Of these 138, the epidemiologists have been able to interview 46, 21 of whom claimed to have used the AMO Moisture Plus contact lens solution. The disease itself is a keratitis, or an inflammation of the cornea, caused by the presence of the Acanthamoeba parasite. This corneal disease is both serious and difficult to treat, as it does not respond well to medication and can lead to loss of sight in the patient. While the agency has been quick to point out the preliminary nature of the link between the corneal disease and the contact lens solution, AMO did not hesitate in instituting the contact lens solution recall and has advised anyone using the unsafe lens solution to discard all bottles, as well as any lenses or lens cases that may have come in contact with the Moisture Plus lens solution.
Unsafe Contact Lens Solution?
The Moisture Plus recall is not the first conducted by AMO, as the company has had previous issues with contamination of its contact lens solution products. In November 2006, AMO instituted a lens solution recall of 2.9 million units of the same Moisture Plus contact lens solution, after contamination was detected within the production line at a Chinese factory. Though the two lens solutions recalls do not appear related, the repeated contamination concerns related to the company have lead many to wonder about AMO’s safety record and their liability in any possible Moisture Plus lawsuit. Though at present no such lawsuit has been announced, anyone with questions should contact an experienced Moisture Plus attorney or a contact lens solution law firm, in order to determine AMO’s liability in possible damages resulting from the Moisture Plus recall.
Information about the Dangers of Moisture Plus Contact Solution
Approximately 125 million people worldwide use contact lenses to correct their vision, including 28 to 38 million in the United States. Contact lenses are preferred by many to glasses because they are better suited for sporting activities, they do not steam up, provide a wider range of vision, and also correct some opthalmological conditions that cannot be corrected with glasses. Caring for Your Contact Lenses to Avoid Eye Infection .