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.