Warning For Contact Lens Wearers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/11/06

Warning For Contact Lens Wearers

More information Tuesday about that warning for some who wear contact lenses.

FDA officials sent a warning Monday night that more than 30 million Americans who wear contact lenses could end up with a fungal infection that could damage their eyes. Over a hundred cases of 'fusarium keratitis' have been reported mostly in patients using Bausch and Lomb's Renu Moisture-Loc contact lens solution which has since been recalled.

Tuesday, some doctors are taking a more gentle approach.

"In general contact lens related infections of the cornea being fungal related are actually very rare. So the concern with this quote on quote outbreak is there's a lot people cropping up with this infection that usually doesn't show up on the radar that much," said Bennie Jeng, of the Cleveland Clinic.

In other words, experts say while there is an increase in cases right now. This is still a relatively rare condition. Dr. Jeng says just watch for symptoms like unusual redness of the eye, eye pain and sensitivity to light. If you have symptoms, tell your doctor. Also, remember always wash your hands before and after putting on contacts.

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