Contact lens wearers have been told to stop using a soft contact lens solution after it was linked to an eye infection which can cause blindness.
Bausch and Lomb has ordered a worldwide recall of ReNu MoistureLoc following a rise in fusarium infections among users of the solution in Hong Kong, Singapore and the US.
Fusarium – a type of fungus – is a relatively rare source of eye infections but can be serious if it’s treated late. Symptoms can include redness, pain, increased light sensitivity, blurry vision, discharge or swelling.
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) says that neither it nor Bausch and Lomb has received any reports of fusarium infections in the UK and that the ReNu MoistureLoc sold in the affected areas was made in Bausch and Lomb’s US plant. Europe, the Middle East and Africa are supplied by a plant in Italy.
The MHRA advises consumers to dispose of any unused ReNu MoistureLoc solution and exchange the empty bottle for an alternative solution at the point of sale.
Bausch and Lomb believes that some aspect of the MoistureLoc formula may be increasing the relative risk of Fusarium infection in unusual circumstances. The company says it’s working to fix the problem.