Popular contact lens solution linked to fungal infection

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

Local eye doctors are starting to answer calls regarding a popular contact lens solution being linked to a fungal eye infection that can cause temporary blindness.

Patients are being told to stop using ReNu Moisture Loc contact lens solution.

Jacke Clark wears contact lenses.

She's concerned about a popular brand that could be causing fungal infections leading to temporary blindness.

"You know you get one set so you got to take care of them, the best you can, so yeah, that is a real concern," Clark says.

Bausch & Lomb has halted shipment on its Moisture Loc lens solution.

Dr. Lopa Sheth uses that brand, along with two others, in her optometry practice.

Dr. Sheth is taking precautions until she finds out a little more about ReNu Moisture Loc Solution.

"Right now I have decided on my own to not give the ReNu out, because I don't want any problems," she says.

According to the FDA, after 30 reported cases of the infection, they found 26 of the patients used ReNu Moisture Loc.

The agency is trying to see if there is a link between the brand solution and the infection.

Dr. Sheth hasn't seen any problems with it in her practice, but she's aware of what the infection can do.

"You will have redness, the eyes will hurt, you will have your eyes are irritated, photophobia which means you are very sensitive to light," she explains.

Meanwhile, contact lens wearers are also being careful. "I have a son that wears contacts as well and now I am going to go home and check what he is using," says Clark.

Dr. Sheth will be keeping an eye on this solution, but for now she is telling patients not to use it.

"To be on the safe side, I am not doing it. I am just telling people: don't use it right now, let's see what the CDC finds out."

Wal-Mart has already pulled the Bausch & Lomb Moisture Loc from their shelves. BusinessWeek reports that stock for the Rochester, New York-based Bausch & Lomb plummeted as much as 21 percent Tuesday.

According to BusinessWeek, the infection is caused by a fungus found in plant matter and dirt.

Here's how you can avoid getting an eye infection.

Keep your lenses clean. Always wash your hands before touching your lenses. Make sure your storage case is clean before putting your lens in it, and squirt a multi-purpose solution on the lens 10 to 15 seconds before it is stored.

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