Eye Infection

By: Marguerite Jordan Email
By: Marguerite Jordan Email

May 25
9:29pm

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
returned.

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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  • by Cheryl Location: Tallahasse on Jun 4, 2007 at 11:32 AM
    What about doctor bills, shouldn't i keep the product for a while so if i get the infection i have proof of the product to pay my bill, has well get my money back from the company, sounds like the company want's people to throw away the proof of their mistake,
  • by YO Location: MOMMA on Jun 4, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    THE DR. JUST GAVE ME THAT BRAND! WAL-MART THANX!
  • by Grant Location: Quincy on May 25, 2007 at 08:30 PM
    What about returning A-M-O to the point of purchase for a refund or exchange for a different brand? I just recently purchased this product with a promotional $2.00 off coupon.
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