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South Africa: Dangerous eye product banned

A contact lens solution feared to cause blindness has been permanently removed from markets worldwide

May 23, 2006 | Bausch & Lomb has announced that South African consumers should not be concerned because the product, ReNu with MoistureLoc, is not available in the country.

ReNu with MoistureLoc solution is a product used for the daily cleaning and disinfection of contact lenses. Bausch & Lomb stopped the shipment of this product overseas because it was linked to reports of an eye infection called Fusarium keratitis.

“This product does not cause blindness but can develop symptoms that can lead to blindness,” said Hugo van Zyl, the Bausch & Lomb country manager.

According to Van Zyl there are 5 million people worldwide using this product and 160 cases have been reported of people with symptoms that could lead to blindness.

Cases of this infection have been reported in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States. These people had been found using ReNu with MoistureLoc solution.

Bausch & Lomb claims that it has never sold this product in South Africa and said that ingredients and preservatives in the products currently available in the country are not the same as those in MoistureLoc.

The products sold locally include ReNu MultiPlus and ReNu Multi Purpose solutions. Bausch & Lomb said it has never conducted local trials with the infectious product.

Fusarium keratitis is a fungal eye infection that can scar the part of the eye called the cornea and can lead to blindness if it is not treated properly.

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