Bausch & Lomb MoistureLocs Fusarium Keratitis Fungus in Your Eyeballs

If you use Bausch & Lomb contact solution, you may be infesting your eye with colonies of fungus.

Fusarium keratitis, a severe and rare fungal infection, has afflicted 107 people since June 15, 2005. Nearly all of the victims used Bausch & Lomb MoistureLoc contact solution. Eight users needed corneal implants to avoid going blind.

Shipping of the eyecare product has ceased, but stores are still allowed to sell it. Reader Ben wrote in to say that Bausch&Lomb is also still giving away free samples of the product through its website.

“Dr. Malvina B. Eydelman, an eye specialist with the F.D.A., said that patients using soft contact lenses who have redness, pain, tearing, discharge, an increased sensitivity to light or blurred vision should see an ophthalmologist,” reports the NYT.

Officials say they’re uncertain whether the solution makes users more susceptible to the infection.

We think it’s pretty clear. Look at the name. Moisture Lock. Probably creates a seal over your eyeball, locking in liquid, along with germs, bacteria and spores. Sounds like a Fusarium keratitis hothouse.

Googling for the disease reveals that several litigious lawyers have already bought Fusarium Keratitis as an Adword.

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  1. Juancho says:

    Thanks for the information! I use BL Renu, in the “No Rub” formula, even though out of habit I still rub. Occasionally I get a bottle that has this “MoistureLoc” label on it as well. Thank goodness I haven’t had any eye trouble.

    I wonder what the repercussions of this are going to be…they pulled the product, but haven’t stopped the sale of it. That is a very weird recall. And if people are having eye trouble because of it, I bet lawsuits are sure to follow.

  2. Fairytale of Los Angeles says:

    I think you guys mean corneal transplants, not “corneal implants;” while there are corneal implants (made of biocompatible materials that mimic the functions of the cornea) out there, their use is pretty limited thus far. As of 2004, about 50 patients had received an implant, and they were all cases where the corneal damage was too severe for a transplant, or where previous transplant surgery had failed.

    Corneal transplants, on the other hand, use donor tissue to replace the recipient’s damaged cornea; they’ve been in use longer and appear to be the standard for fixing blindness caused by Fusarium infections (at least at the moment). I’m sure some Fusarium cases may eventually receive corneal implants if their original transplants reject, but everything I’ve been reading seems to suggest that transplants have been the order of the day.