ReNu with MoistureLoc FAQ

What is Fusarium keratitis?
It is an inflammation of the cornea, the front part of the eye. Its many causes include bacteria, viruses and fungi. Fusarium keratitis can be a serious infection, but it is a rare one. Fusarium is most often found in organic matter such as soil and plants. The infection cannot be transmitted from person to person. Those who have experienced trauma to the eye, certain eye diseases and immune system problems may be at increased risk for this infection.

Can Fusarium keratitis be attributed to a type of contact lens solution?
Preliminary data show that most people with Fusarium keratitis reported using a Bausch & Lomb ReNu contact lens solution. On April 13, 2006, Bausch & Lomb withdrew all ReNu with MoistureLoc products and recommended that consumers stop using the contact lens solution immediately, due to the risk of ReNu side effects.

What is being done about the reports of Fusarium keratitis?
The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and other agencies are working to evaluate reports of Fusarium keratitis, conduct a study to determine factors associated with Fusarium keratitis, and conduct surveillance to determine the scope of the outbreak. In addition, the FDA and CDC did an on-site evaluation of Bausch & Lomb’s plant in Greenville, South Carolina.

How many cases have been reported so far?
As of May 9, 2006, the CDC had received reports of 106 confirmed cases from 32 U.S. states and territories.

What are the proper practices for contact lens care?
Wash hands with soap and water, and dry them before handling the lenses. Wear and replace the lenses strictly according to schedule. Follow the specific lens-cleaning and storage guidelines. Keep the contact lens case clean, replacing it every three to six months. Do not “top off” old lens solution with new. Remove the lenses and consult a doctor immediately if there are symptoms such as redness, pain, tearing, increased light sensitivity, blurry vision, discharge or swelling.

When was ReNu recalled?
The Bausch & Lomb issued a U.S. recall of ReNu with MoistureLoc in April 2006; the worldwide ReNu recall came one month later.

Have there been any ReNu lawsuits?
Yes. The first lawsuit over ReNu with MoistureLoc was filed in April 2006. Since then, many patients who were injured after using this contact lens solution have brought a ReNu claim against Bausch & Lomb.

The information on this page pertains only to ReNu with MoistureLoc and not all ReNu products.

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