for those who wear contacts
Bausch & Lomb Inc. said Monday it has permanently removed from markets worldwide a contact-lens solution that has been linked by health authorities to an outbreak of rare fungal infections that can cause blindness.
"Bausch & Lomb'* top priority is the safety of our customers, and we want them to have complete confidence in our products," said the eye-care product maker'* chief executive, Ronald Zarrella.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that the number of confirmed cases of Fusarium keratitis in the United States has climbed to 122, most of them contact-lens wearers who reported using Bausch & Lomb'* newest cleaner, ReNu with MoistureLoc MultiPurpose Solution.
The company halted U.*. sales of MoistureLoc on April 13 after the
CDC said it was investigating an unusual spike in infections in Americans using the product. The outbreak first surfaced in the Far East in the fall and infections have showed up most recently among contact-lens wearers in Europe.
The fungus is commonly found in plant material and soil in tropical and subtropical areas. Without eye-drop treatment, which can last two to three months, the infection can scar the cornea and blind its victims. At least eight U.*. patients have required cornea transplants