Beware of eye infection from parasite

June 4, 2007

Ophthalmologists have noted an increase in an eye infection, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, caused by a parasite, among contact lens wearers. The infection has been linked to a lens cleaner called Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution.

Ophthalmologists have noted an increase in an eye infection, called Acanthamoeba keratitis, caused by a parasite, among contact lens wearers. The infection has been linked to a lens cleaner called Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose Solution. CDC reports that consumers of this solution are at least seven times more likely to develop this condition than nonusers. For this reason, the manufacturer, Advanced Medical Optics, has voluntarily recalled its product and urged consumers to discard all partially used or unopened bottles and replace their lenses and storage container. A. keratitis is harder to treat than normal eye infections and may require a corneal transplant to prevent blindness. Symptoms include eye pain, eye redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, the sensation of something in the eye, and excessive tearing.

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