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Another Contact Lens Solution Recalled

FDA announced late last week that Advanced Medical Optics (Santa Ana, CA) has voluntarily recalled its Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution for soft contact lenses. Consumers who use the solution should stop using it immediately and discard it. They should also replace their lenses and storage container. As a result of a Centers for Disease Control investigation, the solution has been linked to a rare, but serious, eye infection, Acanthamoeba keratitis, caused by a parasite.

It found that users of the solution were seven times more likely to develop the infection than those who do not use it. A similar scenario last year caused Bausch & Lomb to recall one of its contact lens solutions. Ironically, one day before the recall announcement, Advanced Medical Optics expressed interest in buying Bausch & Lomb. It said it might try to trump a private equity firm's offer that B&L accepted earlier this month. B&L put itself up for sale after its bottom line and stock price took a beating over its recall.   FDA also states: "Consumers should ask their doctor about choosing an appropriate alternative cleaning/disinfecting product and seek immediate treatment if they have symptoms of eye infection, as early diagnosis is important for effective treatment. The symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis can be very similar to those of other more common eye infections and may include eye pain or redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sensation of something in the eye or excessive tearing, but Acanthamoeba is more difficult to treat."

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