AMO Complete Recall

An investigation by the Centers for Disease Control found that people using Advanced Medical Optics’ Complete Moisture Plus contact lens solution were seven times more likely to contract a serious form of eye infection (Acanthamoeba keratitis). Based on this information, the company issued a global AMO Complete recall on May 25, 2007.

This follows on the heels of Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution, which was recalled in 2006.

21 out of 46 were infected
Acanthamoeba keratitis is a type of eye infection caused by organisms commonly found in water, soil and other places in the environment. The CDC estimates that in a typical year, only one to two contact lens wearers per million develop this type of infection.

So far, however, the agency has identified at least 21 AMO Complete users who developed Acanthamoeba keratitis infections out of just 46 people that it has interviewed.

As part of the AMO Complete recall, the company has stopped shipments of the solution and pulled bottles from shelves, while advising people to stop using AMO Complete until more information about the eye infection risk is established.

AMO Complete side effects—common and serious
Patients who have used AMO Complete and who develop symptoms of an Acanthamoeba keratitis infection should visit their doctor. Signs of this type of infection include eye pain or redness, blurry vision, light sensitivity, excessive tearing or a feeling that something is caught in the eye.

Doctors estimate that half of all patients with this type of infection may eventually require a cornea transplant to repair the damage to their eyes.

The AMO Complete recall is the second announced by the company in seven months. In November 2006, AMO recalled 18 lots of the contact lens solution which were manufactured in China after tests revealed evidence of bacterial contamination. A press release issued by AMO at the time of the recall stated that contaminated solution could pose a risk of eye infection or keratitis.

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