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Bausch & Lomb Recalls Lens Solution

Company Pulls ReNu With MoistureLoc Contact Lens Solution Over Eye Fungus Risk

Rare Eye Infections

Fusarium keratitis is rare in contact lens users.

"There is a baseline rate of Fusarium keratitis as well as other forms of keratitis that have been reported on for many years," Schultz says, noting an "apparent spike" in cases seen in users of ReNu with MoistureLoc.

That spike is "not a high percentage problem," given the widespread use of the solution, Schultz notes. "But certainly the consequences are serious and our goal was to try to drop that rate to as low as it could possibly be, recognizing that this is an infection that will occur sporadically," he says.

ReNu with MoistureLoc was introduced in 2004. Schultz says he doesn't know of any formulation changes to the product since then. It can take months or even years for such problems to surface, Schultz says.

"To our best understanding some of these cases did start appearing earlier on in '05 and at this point it's a matter of going back and looking at those cases with the understanding we have now," Schultz says.

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