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Investigations Reveal That Infections Due To Contact lens Could Cause Blindness

ore, we hope to alert physicians and other eye-care clinicians worldwide to maintain a high index of suspicion for fungal infections."

The researchers have explained that 7.4% of those infected in Singapore needed urgent surgical intervention to treat acute corneal perforation or to stop the condition from developing. They further stated that it is likely that more cases may require subsequent corneal transplantation for residual scarring.

Reports have stated that almost all of the patients wore soft, disposable contact lenses and just about two-thirds of them had reported using a cleaning fluid called ReNu with MoistureLoc. It was also stated that the manufacturer this fluid, Bausch & Lomb had withdrawn these products from the market earlier this year, as they felt hat some part of the formula might be increasing the risk of fusarium infection under unusual circumstances.

Professor Roger Buckley, a former president of the British Contact Lens Association, has however suggested that the so called apparent link with the MoistureLoc fluid would be simply because it was so very commonly used in Singapore, explaining that the cause most likely would probably be lying in other areas.

It has been explained that till date fungal keratitis has been rare in the UK. The ISD Scotland, which collects and analyses statistics from the NHS and Scottish Executive, have stated that they did not have any statistics relating to this condition. Donald Cameron, a leading optometrist in Edinburgh, has said he had never seen a single case in 30 years, while Dr Stuart Roxburgh, another leading eye specialist at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, said he sees about one case in every two years.

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