The CDC issued an update on the recent crisis regarding Bausch & Lomb's (BOL) Renu solution potentially causing Fusarium Keratitis infections. A Fusarium Keratitis infection is a serious fungus infection that can lead to blindness.
The number of confirmed cases has risen to 102. 12 more remain possible and 81 are still under investigation. It is not just MoistureLoc that may be the concern but could be all Renu solutions including generics produced by BOL.
As of 5/2/2006 56 cases had been researched:
- 56 wear contact lenses
- 32 reported using any B&L ReNu with MoistureLoc
- 15 reported using any B&L ReNu MultiPlus
- 7 reported using any unspecified B&L ReNu
- 3 reported using any AMO product
- 3 reported using any Alcon product
The reporting of these cases are in the development stages. Fusarium Keratitis is a naturally occuring infection, not likely to get reported. The media attention on these infections will likely spur more practitioners to report cases.
According to the CDC 2.3 million people used MoistureLoc with thier contacts. 11 million used Renu Multi Plus.