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Friday, April 21

Contact Wearers, FDA Warning

JUST AN FYI - No comments are necessary:

Preliminary Public Health Notification - Fungal Keratitis Infections Related to Contact Lens Use

Updated: April 21, 2006

Dear Healthcare Practitioner:

This is to provide updated information on the recent increase in reports of a rare but serious fungal infection of the eye in soft contact lens wearers in the U.S. The infection, a fungal keratitis caused by the Fusarium fungus, may cause vision loss requiring corneal transplants.

New Information
On April 13, 2006, Bausch and Lomb announced that it is withdrawing all ReNu with MoistureLoc products and is recommending that consumers stop using ReNu with MoistureLoc immediately.

Both the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to investigate reports of fungal keratitis in an effort to determine all contributing factors and/or products that place contact lens wearers at increased risk for Fusarium keratitis. This Notification will continue to be updated as more information becomes
available.

Updated Recommendations For contact lens wearers:

Stop using Bausch and Lomb ReNu with MoistureLoc products and discard all remaining MoistureLoc solution including partially used or opened bottles. Consult your eye care professional concerning use of 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 used, in order to minimize the number of germs and reduce the chances of infection.

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.

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