Bausch & Lomb Has Made Singaporeans Blind Since 2004

One detail that we missed in the on-going Bausch & Lomb eye fungus scandal is that the Health Ministry of Singapore had reported several cases of a corneal fungus since November 2004. Commonality between sufferers? Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu with MoistureLoc Multi-Purpose Solution for contact lenses.

Still, because the ReNu formula wasn’t currently causing American customers to go blind, Bausch & Lomb decided to just ignore the problem. Which, as we all know, has led to 109 people almost going blind as their eyes are replaced with a socket full of itchy, flesh-eating fungus.

What was Bausch & Lomb’s justification for ruining the lives of people who put their trust in them? According to B&L, they didn’t feel they needed to initiate an American recall because the Singapore solution was made in a different plant

God, we hope these scumbags get taken for billions in the upcoming class-action lawsuit.

Bausch Delayed Case Reports, FDA Says [LAT]

Faulty product? Informing consumers the clear solution [Daily Bruin]


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  1. Ben Popken says:

    Gerard writes:

    “Was just surfing the Sports Illustrated website and there’s a banner ad for a free 12 oz. sample of ReNu MoisturLoc. What? Has SI been living in a bubble the last few weeks?”

  2. Clare says:

    That is a HORRIFYING photo.

  3. Drinker Nisti says:

    The Daily Bruin? You’re combing campus newspaper editorial pages for breaking stories? Back when I was at UCLA, the Daily Bruin was only good for sushi coupons…

  4. misskaz says:

    I dunno Clare, I think the Ronald McBaby one down the page is way worse.

  5. Ben Popken says:

    Julian writes:

    “I recently moved to Malaysia a year ago. In February, the major newspapers here ran an article about the link between Bausch & Lomb’s contact lens solution and fungal eye infections. In the interview, the local Bausch & Lomb representative insisted that there was no cause for concern and people should continue buying their contact lens solutions.

    Good times…”

  6. dieman says:

    The fungus was not actually *in* the soution, as cited by multiple government sources. The problem, as known so far, is that the solution most likely is not completely effective towards certain types of fungus. The chemical composition should work, but some suspect that the other chemicals to improve wearability cause the disinfecting component to be more absorbed into the lens and end up being less effective than the normal MultiPlus solution.