Update on Contact Lens Eye Infection
CDC Issues Full Report on Contact Lens-Eye Infection Link
Tips for Preventing Eye Infections
Good contact lens hygiene is recommended even though this Fusarium outbreak does not appear to have been caused by poor contact lens cleaning.
In April, the FDA offered tips to help prevent eye infection in contact lens wearers:
- Stop using Bausch & Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc products and discard all remaining MoistureLoc solution, including partially used or opened bottles.
- Consult your eye care professional for a recommendation for an appropriate alternative cleaning/disinfecting product.
- Consider performing a "rub and rinse" lens cleaning method, rather than a no-rub method, regardless of which cleaning/disinfecting solution is used. That will minimize the number of germs and reduce the chances of infection.
- Continue to follow proper lens care practices:
- Wear and replace lenses according to the schedule prescribed by the doctor.
- Wash hands with soap and water, and dry (lint-free method) before handling lenses
- Follow the specific lens cleaning and storage guidelines from your doctor and the solution manufacturer.
- Keep the contact lens case clean and replace every 3-6 months.
- Remove the lenses and consult your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms such as redness, pain, tearing, increased light sensitivity, blurry vision, discharge, or swelling.
The FDA has posted these updated recommendations for health care providers:
- Advise patients to stop using Bausch & Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc products immediately, discard all remaining MoistureLoc solution, and use an alternative cleaning/disinfecting product.
- If a patient has microbial keratitis, consider that a fungal infection may be involved. Prior to initiating immediate treatment, an eye care professional should obtain a specimen for laboratory analysis.
- Report cases of fungal keratitis in contact lens wearers to the FDA.