ReNu Contact Lens Solution
There is growing concern regarding increased instances of Fusarium keratitis blindness caused by ReNu with MoistureLoc infections. Manufactured by the Bausch & Lomb eye health company, ReNu with MoistureLoc contact-lens solution has been removed from the shelves of most drug stores for fear that the product could result in additional cases of Fusarium keratitis blindness.
Bausch & Lomb have been under investigation by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) because of the harm caused by ReNu with MoistureLoc. A number of crisis management experts monitoring the investigation believe that Bausch & Lomb face significant liabilities in relation to their slow response to the initial reports of ReNu contact-lens side effects. Not only was their inaction damaging to the image of the Bausch & Lomb brand and the company’s stock value; more importantly, large numbers of ReNu with MoistureLoc users were left with no indication that the product they were putting in contact with their eyes had the potential of causing serious harm.
Importance of Contact-Lens Solution
There are a number of different types of contact-lens solutions available for the maintenance and treatment of a variety of different types of contact lenses. Daily disposable contact lenses do not require the use of contact-lens solution as their function is only designed to be temporary.
ReNu with MoistureLoc has commonly been used for the storing, wetting and cleaning of soft contact lenses. The effects of ReNu MoistureLoc contact-lens solution affords soft contact lens user the ability to disinfect, rinse and remove protein from the surface of their lenses. By soaking soft contact lenses in the ReNu MoistureLoc solution over night, wearers can keep their contacts moist and clean for an extended period of time, allowing them to reuse them time and time again.
Types of Contact-Lens Solution
Some of the more commonly used types of contact-lens solution include:
- Saline solution: Used to rinse contact lenses after cleaning.
- Enzymatic cleaner: Used to clean protein off of contact lenses.
- Hydrogen peroxide solution: Used to disinfect contact lenses (saline cannot be used to rinse off disinfectant).
- Multipurpose solution: Most commonly used type of contact-lens solution as it is able to disinfect, clean, rinse and store lenses.
ReNu with MoistureLoc Side Effects
ReNu with MoistureLoc was commonly used by a number of the 30 million soft contact lens wearers in the United States; that is, until news broke of the serious nature of some of the side effects associated with use of the Bausch & Lomb contact-lens solution.
The most severe ReNu with MoistureLoc side effect is the ocular development of a severe fungal infection called Fusarium keratitis. Fusarium is a type of thread-like fungus that is heavily distributed amongst plant-life and soil. Keratitis is a type of severe infection that affects the cornea of the eye. The CDC and the FDA have been alerted of more than 100 suspected cases of Fusarium keratitis.
ReNu with MoistureLoc and Fusarium keratitis Blindness
Without treatment, the serious fungal infection can damage the surface of the cornea to such an extent that blindness is often the result; eight U.S Fusarium keratitis victims have required corneal transplants because of severe scarring. Although, in this case, instances of Fusarium keratitis have been linked with the use of ReNu contact-lens solution, the fungal infection is more often caused as a result of ocular trauma (typically involving plant life), chronic ocular surface diseases, or some type of immunodeficiency.
Of the 100+ suspected cases of Fusarium keratitis, the FDA and CDC have already investigated 30; 26 of which have been linked with the use of the Bausch & Lomb contact-lens solution, ReNu with MoistureLoc.
Fusarium Keratitis Symptoms
There are a variety of symptoms associated with Fusarium keratitis that serve as a warning sign of contraction of the ophthalmologic disease:
- Sensation of a foreign body
- Light hypersensitivity
- Stromal infiltration
- Vision problems
- Eye pain / discomfort
ReNu with MoistureLoc FDA Recall
Bausch & Lomb officially issued a voluntary FDA recall for their ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution amidst growing concern regarding the product’s connection with fusarium keratitis. The ReNu with MoistureLoc FDA recall has been extended to all markets around the world in an effort to limit liability that is already being estimated to cost Bausch & Lomb between $500 million and $1 billion.
Although the FDA has praised Bausch & Lomb’s continual compliance and cooperation with the ongoing investigation, the eye health company remains at the forefront of a great deal of legal action aimed at punishing Bausch & Lomb negligence and compensating ReNu injury victims.
On May 3rd, 2006, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz filed one of the first ReNu lawsuits in the country against Bausch & Lomb seeking individual damages from the eye health company for injuries caused to the firm’s client. On May 11th, 2006, Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz filed a petition before the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation for consolidation and transfer of the related cases before a court in Florida. AWKO Law is currently working with lawyers and law firms around the country in the initial litigation efforts to seek information from Bausch & Lomb, including taking the depositions of the key employees working for the eye health company with knowledge about the Fusarium Keratitis problem related with use of ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution.
The defective product lawyers of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz are committed to ensuring that its injured clients receive compensation from Bausch & Lomb for their compensable injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of using ReNu with MoistureLoc contact-lens solution or any other type of Bausch & Lomb product, contact the offices of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis & Overholtz today to get information about your possible right to compensation.