Eye Infections Linked to Bausch & Lomb's ReNu Contact Lens Solution
A rare fungal infection known as Fusarium Keratitis has been linked to the ReNu contact lens cleaning solution. The infection caused by Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution can lead to lengthy and painful treatments of antifungal treatments. In some cases, when the eye is significantly damaged, a user of Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution suffering from Fusarium Keratitis may require surgery.
On May 15th, 2006, Bausch & Lomb announced that they would permanently withdraw ReNu with MoistureLoc, the new-formula contact-lens cleaner viewed as the "potential root cause" of a far-flung outbreak of fungal eye infections known to cause blindness. The Food and Drug Administration has reported that the eye-care company thinks ReNu with MoistureLoc's unique disinfecting and moisturizing agents "in certain unusual circumstances can increase the risk" of developing Fusarium keratitis.
If you or a loved one has experienced Fusarium Keratitis as a result of using Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution, we urge you to contact our Renu Recall Attorneys for a free consultation.
Frequently Asked Questions: Renu Recall
Q: What is a Fusarium infection?
A: Fusarium is a fungus commonly found throughout our everyday environment, including on our skin. It especially thrives in tropical climates. Fusarium typically enters the eye through some sort of trauma or injury to the cornea, resulting in an inflammatory reaction. The situation is generally aggressively treated with combinations of anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory medications. The earlier the treatment is commenced, the better the results will be.
Q: What are the symptoms of Fusarium Keratitis?
A: Symptoms include blurred vision, a red and painful eye that does not improve when the contact lens is removed, increased sensitivity to light, and excessive tearing or discharge. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should return to your optometrist immediately.
Q: How is Fusarium keratitis treated?
A: Fusarium keratitis is treated using topical and oral antifungal medications. Patients who do not respond to medical treatment may require eye surgery, including possible need for corneal transplant.
Q: What should I do if I think I have an eye infection from using a Baush and Lomb product?
A: If you believe you may have an eye infection or have other concerns about your eyes, you should see an ophthalmologist (Eye M.D.) immediately. If you have suffered an eye injury while using the Baush and Lomb products, you may have a claim. Contact an experienced ReNu Recall Lawyer for a case evaluation to determine your rights.
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Dr. Gary Foulks with the University of Louisville's Lions Eye Center, also a member of the Bausch and Lomb's advisory committee says of the reports he has had contact with, those diagnosed with Fusarium keratitis had habits such as "topping off" solution in a their contact lens case instead of emptying, cleaning and refilling their case. This in turn resulted in a higher concentration of MoistureLoc molecules, which is being linked to the eye fungus.
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- 06-28-06: Contact lens fungus link to blindness
The eye infection called Fusarium keratitis, which is becoming highly recognized all over the world, is causing many contact lens wearers to undergo corneal transplants to restore their sight. This fungus that can also lead to blindness has been connected to Bausch and Lomb's contact solution, ReNu with MoistureLoc. Those who do not care for their contact lenses correctly are said to be at a higher risk for Fusarium keratitis.
If you or a loved one has experienced Fusarium Keratitis as a result of using Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution, we urge you to contact our Renu Recall law firm for a free consultation.