Solution May Be Linked To Fungal Eye ...

Solution May Be Linked To Fungal Eye Infection

There are 45 comments on the Cbs4boston.com story from Apr 11, 2006, titled Solution May Be Linked To Fungal Eye Infection. In it, Cbs4boston.com reports that:

Bausch and Lomb has voluntarily suspended shipments of a contact lens solution after it was linked to a fungal eye infection that can cause temporarily blindness.

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Patricia Nieman

Richmond Hill, NY

#1 Apr 12, 2006
I have had an eye infection and have had to have treatment from my eye doctor for more than 1 1/2 months.
LWANDA WILLIAMS

Falls Church, VA

#2 Apr 12, 2006
I WAS TREATED IN jANUARY FOR AN EYE INFECTION.
Charlene Vance

Durham, NC

#3 Apr 13, 2006
I had the same problem and I still have problems seeing. I have blurred vision even after I clean my contacts. Did you have bumps form under your eyes?
fred holly

Ashford, UK

#4 Apr 14, 2006
have any of these problems occured in britain?
Gary M

Columbus, OH

#5 Apr 15, 2006
I used the free trial without any problems whatsoever. I really liked the product, so I bought a full size bottle. Half way through it and I have started having problems. My eyes burn, redden and water for about 10 minutes upon inserting overnight soaked lenses.
Last night my brother told me that he's heard on the news that people are getting blindness from Bausch and Lomb. I went to my cabinat to see who makes "ReNu" ... I immediately through it in the trash.
Paul

Elk River, MN

#6 Apr 16, 2006
Gary M wrote:
I used the free trial without any problems whatsoever. I really liked the product, so I bought a full size bottle. Half way through it and I have started having problems. My eyes burn, redden and water for about 10 minutes upon inserting overnight soaked lenses.
Last night my brother told me that he's heard on the news that people are getting blindness from Bausch and Lomb. I went to my cabinat to see who makes "ReNu" ... I immediately through it in the trash.
As with any contact lens care regimin, it is important to read ALL of the instructions on the packaging. Most people read the words "No Rub" and think they only have to take their Contacts out and put them into that solution, but as per instructions, you will find that you need to EITHER rub the lens on both sides OR spray the solution on both sides of the lens for 5 full seconds. In my practice I always recomend the rub. The other thing to note is that to save money or just out of laziness many wearers do not change the solution in the case every morning after soaking overnight, thus reducing the effectivness of the solution in half. Most manufacturers also recomend rinsing out the lens case with the solution to kill any microbs still present. You should also be changing your lens case about every two tho three months. Hope this is helpfull
Merica

Anderson, SC

#7 Apr 17, 2006
I have been using ReNu with moisture lock for several months now. I am just curious what the symptoms of this eye infection are. My left eye occasionally gets red and sore, but wouldn't the infection get into both eyes? I am no longer using the product, but am just anxious about what to be looking for should I get this infection.
Kris

Bowling Green, OH

#8 Apr 21, 2006
My mother used renu and came down with the infection. She almost lost her eye (it is an aggressive fungus that can spread through your body). They saved her eye but she lost her sight. Pain, redness and tearing are what to look for. If you aren't sure, go to your eye doctor IMMEDIATELY. It is a VERY painful infection, and treatment can be painful too.
Merica wrote:
I have been using ReNu with moisture lock for several months now. I am just curious what the symptoms of this eye infection are. My left eye occasionally gets red and sore, but wouldn't the infection get into both eyes? I am no longer using the product, but am just anxious about what to be looking for should I get this infection.
Stephanie

Rome, NY

#9 May 18, 2006
Just tonght my 20 yr. old son came to me and stated he thought he had pink eye...one of his eyes is incredibly red, watery, etc....I thought it was because he wears his lenses for extended periods of time....then coincidentially my friend stopped by and when she heard about my son's eye mentioned the problems with Bausch & Lomb MoistureLoc..sure enough that's the product he's been using. I hope to get him into the dr. first thing tomorrow...I suppose he'll have to see an opthamologist not just a GP.
Raylynn

Paducah, KY

#10 May 19, 2006
I was having blurry vision for a couple days and then my whites of my eyes were blood shot. My eyes started draining so I went to a family doc who said I had pink eye. I had to stay away from work and school. My infection didn't get better with the antibiotics and I was in severe pain and I couldn't even stand the lighting in my house. I couldn't drive and my Dad had to tape gauze pads over my eyes to get me a little bit of relief. I finally visited my opthamologist who said it never was pink eye it was keratitis. So the 2 weeks in between seeing a family doc and an opthamologist the infection ruined my eyesight even more. AT that time I was still using the solution because the opthamologist said the infection was from wearing my contacts until I went to bed. Weeks later I found a clearance shelf at Walmart stocked with $1 generic solution and I bought them all. Shortly after I started using the generic solution I noticed my eye sight improved a bit.
Marlena

Chicago, IL

#11 May 25, 2006
I also tried the ReNu with moisture lock. A week after using the product, i started having problems. The contacts would be o.k. for about an hour into wearing them and then i would start feeling a burning sensation. For me it was weird because the really bad irritation was only in my right eye. Following the burning sensation, my eye would start to water and REALLY start to burn. I would take that contact out and go "one eyed" for the rest of my work day. I finally had enough and went to see my eye doctor. He examined my eye and said that they looked hazey and that the blood vessels in my eye and eye lids were really red and irritated. I told him I switched solutions and he told me to stop wearing my contacts for a week, put medicine drops he gave me into my eye, and then when i started to wear them again, go back to my original solution. After the week I put my contacts back in and the same thing started happening. The burning, itching, and wateryness was still there. I went to a specialist and he thought it was allergies to my cats.(I've had my cats for three years with no problems!) He even went so far as to change my brand of contacts but to no avail. After about a month, all the symptoms disappeared. Now I hear about all this infection stuff and it makes me think....did i have the start of it and my doctors didn't know what it was? Should i call them and tell them about all the publicity about moisture lock so they can help the next person more timely and cheaper?
David

Europe

#12 May 31, 2006
Marlena wrote:
I also tried the ReNu with moisture lock. A week after using the product, i started having problems. The contacts would be o.k. for about an hour into wearing them and then i would start feeling a burning sensation. For me it was weird because the really bad irritation was only in my right eye. Following the burning sensation, my eye would start to water and REALLY start to burn. I would take that contact out and go "one eyed" for the rest of my work day. I finally had enough and went to see my eye doctor. He examined my eye and said that they looked hazey and that the blood vessels in my eye and eye lids were really red and irritated. I told him I switched solutions and he told me to stop wearing my contacts for a week, put medicine drops he gave me into my eye, and then when i started to wear them again, go back to my original solution. After the week I put my contacts back in and the same thing started happening. The burning, itching, and wateryness was still there. I went to a specialist and he thought it was allergies to my cats.(I've had my cats for three years with no problems!) He even went so far as to change my brand of contacts but to no avail. After about a month, all the symptoms disappeared. Now I hear about all this infection stuff and it makes me think....did i have the start of it and my doctors didn't know what it was? Should i call them and tell them about all the publicity about moisture lock so they can help the next person more timely and cheaper?
I bought some ReNu MoistureLoc whilst on holiday in Hong Kong in 2005 and got a really bad eye infection in my right eye not long after using it. Doctor tried antibiotic drops, but didn't clear it after a month. Then had to take oral antibiotics. Which finally cleared it. Could it be linked to the solution?
Does anyone have any experiences of non-fungal eye infections?
David

Europe

#13 May 31, 2006
Charlene Vance wrote:
I had the same problem and I still have problems seeing. I have blurred vision even after I clean my contacts. Did you have bumps form under your eyes?
Charlene,

Yes, I also got yellow bumps under my eyes. I was told that the glands were blocked. I had to do hot compresses on my eyelids for 3 months to clear them.
Jennifer W

AOL

#14 Jun 16, 2006
If this product is recalled how come when I got to my eye doctor which is the Walmart Vision Center they give me a free bottle of Renu with Moisture lock it's one of those starter kits but still. I have not used it but I do have about 6 starter kits that have given me so far. I used it once and it felt like I had put dish soap in my eye it was painful and stung extremly bad.
Should I report walmart vision center to anyone for handing out a recalled product??
Jeff Oregon

Rexburg, ID

#15 Jun 17, 2006
I felt pain first then loss of sight. 22 days later and a corneal transplant and I am finally feeling better. The ordeal started on the same day as Katrina. You don't want this infection.
E Poole

Laurel, MS

#16 Jun 22, 2006
I contracted this fungus in April of last year. I use ReNu w/Moistureloc. I have lost my vision completely in my left eye and now have to wear an artificial eye due to the appearance of my eye. I worked several years for an opthamologist and exercised proper contact care and use and still contracted this infection. If anyone has used this solution and is having problems with their eyes, they should seek immediate attention from an opthamologist. If caught soon enough the vision can be saved. Even if you have not used this solution and are experiencing eye problems you should consult an eye doctor.
kim deis

Buffalo, NY

#17 Aug 2, 2006
I have used the moisture loc as well and am having problems. I have blurred vision and constant watering. The blurred vision is whether I have my contacts in or not.
Marianne

Québec, Canada

#18 Aug 15, 2006
I had an infection in my right eye in the summer of 2002 due to soft contact lenses. I went to see an opthamologist becuase my eye had become so dry and painful andhe prescribed toblerex antibiotic which didnt help at all. After a month I still had the symptoms and started to have severe eye pain. He didnt know what to do and said to wait it out. That year i had severe eye pain everyday. It was so unbearable that I had to go to the opthamologist so he could put a eyedrops that froze the eye. That was the only time I was relieved of the pain. The years following, the frequency and severity of the pain decreased but I still have minor pain in my right eye to this day at least once in a few days. Also as a result of all this I now get headaches on the right side of my head but only when my right eye is very irritated. I have tried wearing contacts again but my eye has rejected it by drying up and becoming sore. I'm frustrated because the opthamologists I have visited dont know what to make of my situation. I would like to not wear glasses anymore but I dont know what my options are due to my condition...Any advice is appreciated.
Alicia Steadman

Savannah, GA

#19 Sep 1, 2006
I have the exact same problem. I woke up this morning and now I look like someone punched me in the eye. No bruising but extreme puffiness. But I go with wearing my contacts for days and then I have to wear glasses for a few because my eye gets so irritated and sore. Than it's ok again, and the same cycle occurs. I am going to see a specialist today. I advise you do the same.
Marlena wrote:
I also tried the ReNu with moisture lock. A week after using the product, i started having problems. The contacts would be o.k. for about an hour into wearing them and then i would start feeling a burning sensation. For me it was weird because the really bad irritation was only in my right eye. Following the burning sensation, my eye would start to water and REALLY start to burn. I would take that contact out and go "one eyed" for the rest of my work day. I finally had enough and went to see my eye doctor. He examined my eye and said that they looked hazey and that the blood vessels in my eye and eye lids were really red and irritated. I told him I switched solutions and he told me to stop wearing my contacts for a week, put medicine drops he gave me into my eye, and then when i started to wear them again, go back to my original solution. After the week I put my contacts back in and the same thing started happening. The burning, itching, and wateryness was still there. I went to a specialist and he thought it was allergies to my cats.(I've had my cats for three years with no problems!) He even went so far as to change my brand of contacts but to no avail. After about a month, all the symptoms disappeared. Now I hear about all this infection stuff and it makes me think....did i have the start of it and my doctors didn't know what it was? Should i call them and tell them about all the publicity about moisture lock so they can help the next person more timely and cheaper?
coleen

Boyne Falls, MI

#20 Oct 8, 2006
I think you guys just have poor hygeine. I have been using ReNu Moisture Lock for over three years and have not had a single problem. I have purchased it, gotten free samples, used them all and have yet to find any other product on the market that is even close in quality. All of the other solutions dry my contacts, Moisture Lock WAS the only thing that I could use. Now thanks to all fo you guys, I have to suffer with dry eyes. Maybe you should start washing your hands before you touch your eyes or contacts? Maybe you should follow the eye docs directions and you would be less likley to get infections? I cant wait for them to bring it back out on the market.

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