Lens solution withdrawn amid infection fearsComplete Moisture Plus pulled following US recall

01 June 2007

 

A contact lens solution is being recalled in the UK amid fears over eye infections.

Complete Moisture Plus was pulled in the US six days ago following a warning from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

US government officials linked the solution to acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) - a painful eye infection that can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness in rare cases.

Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) which makes the solution, is now rolling out its voluntary recall globally as a 'precautionary measure'.

The CDC and the US Food and Drug Administration are investigating 138 confirmed cases of eye infections in the US, according to local reports.

Eye problems

AMO said in a statement: 'The recall is being initiated because of concerns over eye infections from Acanthamoeba, a naturally occurring water-borne organism which can contribute to serious corneal infections.'

The recall is not related to contamination and no other AMO products are affected, the firm said.

AMO has received no reports of UK users suffering eye problems.

It is urging contact lens wearers who suffer eye pain, redness, blurred vision or sensitivity to light to seek expert help.

The amoeba that causes the AK infection is naturally present in soil and water.

People who swim or shower while wearing contact lenses, use tap water to clean their lenses or come into contact with contaminated water are most prone to getting AK, according to AMO.

Customer refunds

Superdrug pulled the products from its shop shelves on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for the high street chain said: 'It was recalled yesterday because that's when we were communicated to by the manufacturer. Stock has been taken off the shelves.'

AMO is advising people who have the solution at home to stop using it immediately.

Customers should call 0800 376 7950 to arrange for a refund, the firm said.

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