Sunday, May 31, 2009

Bausch & Lomb Settles Hundreds of Eye Fungus Lawsuits

Contact lens maker Bausch & Lomb Inc. "has quietly settled nearly 600 fungal-infection lawsuits" over the last year, "with dozens more individual claims yet to be resolved. The cost so far: Upward of $250 million. More than 700 lens wearers in the United States and Asia say they were exposed to a potentially blinding infection known as Fusarium keratitis while using ReNu with MoistureLoc, a new-formula multipurpose solution for cleaning, storing and moistening soft contact lenses. Some have suffered irreparable damage. "Seven people in Florida, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Tennessee and West Virginia had to have an eye removed. At least 60 more Americans needed vision-saving corneal transplants." Read more.

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