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Optometrists Support AMO's Voluntary Contact Lens Solution Recall

le in protecting themselves from eye infections by carefully following their optometrist's instructions regarding care of contact lenses."

AOA doctors of optometry are taking an active role in reporting their cases to the CDC and the FDA, where all eye doctors are strongly urged to report diagnosed cases of Acanthamoeba keratitis. As of May 29, 2007, 138 cases of suspected Acanthamoeba keratitis are under investigation by the CDC and public health authorities around the United States. Federal and state health officials have interviewed 46 of those patients. Of the 39 who wore soft contact lenses, 21 reported using the Complete(R) MoisturePlus(TM) brand manufactured by Advanced Medical Optics.

"This is a great concern to optometrists across the country," said Dr. Schaeffer. "We are urging Americans to discontinue use of Complete(R) MoisturePlus(TM) immediately and switch to an alternative product." Patients should contact their optometrist if they are in doubt as to what an acceptable alternative product would be.

As consumers look to select a new solution, doctors of optometry are educating consumers about the differences between lens care products. According to the AOA Contact Lens and Cornea Section, most solutions are approved for use without rubbing; however, optometrists are recommending at this time that patients rub their lenses to enhance cleaning for additional safety.

In addition, regardless of which cleaning/disinfecting solution consumers use, contact lens wearers should take extra precautions with lens hygiene habits. According to the AOA, clean and safe handling of contact lenses is one of the most important measures Americans can take to protect their sight.


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