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CDC Health Advisory: Serious Eye Infection due to Contact Lens Solution


A Health Advisory was released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) May 25, 2007 identifying an outbreak of an amoebic eye infection associated with use of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Complete R Moisture Plus solution. Based on the findings, recommendations are that soft contact lens wearers who use the solution:
  • Stop using the solution immediately
  • Stop using your current contact lens storage container and replace it with a clean new one
  • Discard your current pair of soft contact lens and replace them
  • See a health care provider for an eye examination
Acanthamoeba Infection is caused by an amoeba that occurs every where in nature. Symptoms include:
  • eye redness
  • eye pain
  • blurred vision
  • sensitivity to light
  • excessive tearing
If you have these symptoms, stop wearing contact lens immediately and begin wearing eyeglasses. Make an appointment with your doctor immediately. Complications of the infection are permanent visual impairment and blindness.

AMO, for its part, has announced a voluntary recall and is asking anyone with problematic reactions to report this to 1-800-347-5005.

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