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Advanced Medical Optics Recalls Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution

Mar 3, 2008
One of the largest U.S. manufacturers of contact lens cleaning solution, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) announced recently that it would voluntarily remove all bottles of its complete Moisture Plus Contact Lens Solution from store shelves in what would amount to a massive recall.

The AMO decided to recall the unsafe solution after the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported a number of cases of a rare but serious and potentially blinding eye disease associated with the solution. Users of the Moisture Plus are advised to contact a doctor if they experience any of the following symptoms:

* eye pain or redness

* blurred vision

* sensitivity to light

* the feeling of something in the eye

* excessive tearing

Details of the Moisture Plus Recall

The disease, Acanthamoeba Keratitis, has been confirmed in 138 patients since the beginning of the outbreak in January 2005, according to the CDC.

Of these 138, the epidemiologists have been able to interview 46, 21 of whom claimed to have used the AMO Moisture Plus solution. The disease itself is a keratitis, or an inflammation of the cornea, caused by the presence of the Acanthamoeba parasite.

This corneal disease is both serious and difficult to treat, as it does not respond well to medication and can lead to loss of sight in the patient. While the agency has been quick to point out the preliminary nature of the link between the corneal disease and Moisture Plus, AMO did not hesitate in instituting the recall and has advised anyone using the unsafe solution to discard all bottles, as well as any lenses or lens cases that may have come in contact with the Moisture Plus lens solution.

Unsafe Contact Lens Solution?

The Moisture Plus recall is not the first conducted by AMO, as the company has had previous issues with contamination of its contact lens solution products. In November 2006, AMO instituted a recall of 2.9 million units of the same Moisture Plus contact lens solution, after contamination was detected within the production line at a Chinese factory. Though the two recalls do not appear related, the repeated contamination concerns related to the company have lead many to wonder about AMO's safety record and their liability in any possible Moisture Plus lawsuit.

Though at present no such lawsuit has been announced, anyone with questions should contact an experienced Moisture Plus attorney in order to determine AMO's liability in possible damages resulting from the Moisture Plus recall.
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