2008-09-06

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>>> AMO Complete(r) MoisturePlus(tm) Contact Lens Solution Linked to
>>> Microbial
>>> Keratitis
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> New Eye Infection, AMO Recall its Complete MoisturePlus Contact Lens
>>>
>>> Solution
>>>
>>> A Dangerous Contact Lens Solution Linked to Acanthamoeba Keratitis &
>>>
>>> Microbial Keratitis in Addition to Fungal Keratitis. Have your eyes
>>> been,
>>> once again, placed in danger of Bacterial Eye Infections, vision
>>> damage,
>>> or loss of sight?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> On May 25, AMO (Advanced Medical Optics) announced a recall of their
>>> 'No
>>> Rub' Complete MoisturePlus Multipurpose Contact Solution. Although the
>>>
>>> company stands by its product and casts the blame on contact lens
>>> wearers
>>> who 'improperly store, disinfect or handle' their contact lenses, the
>>> CDC
>>> forced AMO to recall Complete Moisture Plus.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> This Complete Moisture Plus recall is not so distant from Bausch &
>>> Lomb's
>>> recall of ReNu with MoistureLoc, which caused serious injury to many
>>>
>>> contact lens wearers. AMO's press release states they have known since
>>>
>>> January of 2005 about at least 46 patients who claimed to have
>>> contracted
>>> a unique form of keratitis from the AMO Recall solution.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> This keratitis is called 'acanthamoeba keratitis (AK)'. From all
>>>
>>> indications, AMO Moisture Plus recall was delayed as long as Bausch did
>>> in
>>> coming forward and recalling the product; potentially exposing an
>>> untold
>>> number of unsuspecting contact lens wearers to this painful (AK)
>>> infection
>>> that can cause permanent vision loss or blindness.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> (Embedded image moved to file: pic07975.jpg)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Other reports seem to illustrate a company who knew about the potential
>>>
>>> link between (AK) and their Complete MoisturePlus Multipurpose Solution
>>>
>>> since as early as 2004. In 2004, the infection first occurred in more
>>> than
>>> a dozen people against the normal count of one or two in a year. Dr.
>>> Elmer
>>> Tu, an ophthalmologist at the University of Illinois , Chicago , along
>>> with
>>> other doctors attended around 35 patients from May 2003 to September of
>>>
>>> 2006, 55% of whom were infected due to usage of AMO Complete
>>> MoisturePlus
>>> recall solution.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> According to Dr. Tu, AMO's Complete MoisturePLUS solution is not
>>>
>>> defective. It is just not designed to provide a shield to the eyes when
>>>
>>> they're exposed to soil or water where the risk of bacterial infection
>>> is
>>> significant. Julie Zawisza, an FDA spokes person, said,' The solution
>>> is
>>> not marketed to protect against the amoeba. But it's supposed to be
>>> free
>>> of any type of microorganisms. It's not supposed to result in anyone
>>>
>>> getting an infection.'
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Once again, one must wonder what corporations who suspect problems with
>>>
>>> their products are thinking when they wait one, two, or more years
>>> before
>>> warning the public about a potential hazard provoked or caused by their
>>>
>>> product. We wonder how much injury must occur before corporate dollars
>>> are
>>> sufficient.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Acanthamoeba keratitis & Microbial Keratitis patients suffer symptoms
>>> very
>>> similar to other common bacterial eye infection, but the AK infection
>>> can
>>> result in the loss of eye sight.. If you experience symptoms, including
>>>
>>> the following, we encourage you to first immediately seek treatment
>>> from
>>> an experienced, eye care professional:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> ' Eye pain
>>>
>>> ' Eye redness and soreness
>>>
>>> ' Hypersensitivity to light
>>>
>>> ' Reduction in visual acuity
>>>
>>> ' Temporary or, at the worst, permanent blindness

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