Acanthamoeba keratitis link to Complete MoisturePlus is very strong

Austin Kirk

By Austin Kirk
Posted July 5, 2007


The association between AMO Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solution and Acanthamoeba keratitis is very strong according to investigators who are continuing to review reports.  The recalled contact lens solution appears to be the direct cause of injury for hundreds of people nationwide.

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While Acanthameoba keratitis is normally only seen in about two or three people each year, there were at least 63 confirmed cases reported between 2003 and the end of 2006.  Doctors at the University of Illinois at Chicago Cornea Service found that over 55% of Acanthamoeba keratitis infections they investigated involved individuals who exclusively used Complete MoisturePlus, despite the fact that only about 10% of contact lens wearers use the solution.  They estimate that users of the recalled contact lens solution faced a risk over 16 times higher of developing the rare eye infection.

Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) issued a Complete MoisturePlus recall on May 26, 2007, following reports of a drastic increase in the number of people diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis.  The painful eye infection could result in vision loss or the need for a corneal transplant in severe cases.  It is caused by a free-living ameba that exists in household water, soil and sewage systems. 

The recall lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. are investigating potential Acanthamoeba keratitis lawsuits for users of Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solution.  Since the recall was announced six weeks ago, we have been contacted by hundreds of users who have experienced eye infections after using the solution.  Free legal consultations are provided to help determine if eye problems may be related to the contact lens solution, and cases are being reviewed nationwide.


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