Eye Infection

By: Marguerite Jordan Email
By: Marguerite Jordan Email

May 25

ATLANTA (AP) _ Government officials are warning the public to
throw away a contact lens solution, saying an investigation has
linked it to a rare eye infection in dozens of people.

A spokesman for the UJ-S Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention said the warning concerns A-M-O Complete Moisture
Plus-No Rub, a multi-purpose solution for cleaning and storing
contact lenses.

The solution seems to be a factor in dozens of cases in the last
year of Acanthamoeba (Ah-Cantha-meba) keratitis (carrie-titis), an
infection of the eye that typically occurs in healthy persons and
can result in permanent vision loss or blindness.

A message left with a spokesman for Advanced Medical Optics
Incorporated, based in Santa Ana, California, was not immediately

An estimated 85 percent of U-S cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis
occur in contact lens users, but it's extremely unusual. C-D-C
officials said the incidence is just one to two cases per (m)
million contact lens users.

Contact lens wearers who practice proper lens care and
non-contact lens wearers can still develop the infection.

The government's investigation began in 2004, when a University
of Illinois-Chicago ophthalmologist noticed more than a dozen cases
of the infection. A U-I-C spokeswoman said normally, he might see
only one or two in a year.

The cases were reported to the Illinois state health department,
which notified the C-D-C. A C-D-C investigation in about 35 states
led to today's announcement.

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