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CDC Confirms Over 100 Cases Of Serious Eye Infection

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Over 100 cases of a serious eye infection have been confirmed by the CDC. Among contact lens wearers, multiple products manufactured by Bausch & Lomb and other companies have now been implicated as potential sources of the infections.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday reported a 19 percent increase in the confirmed cases of a serious eye infection that has prompted eye care company Bausch & Lomb to recall one of its products.

The CDC said it has confirmed 102 cases of Fusarium keratitis, a potentially blinding eye infection. That is up from 86 confirmed cases as of May 2.

But the CDC added it is ”too early” in its review to say whether a single product or solution is responsible for the outbreak.

Bausch & Lomb last month stopped shipping its ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution after a high percentage of people with the infection were found to be MoistureLoc users.

On Tuesday, the CDC reported that of 56 cases of the infection confirmed among contact lens wearers, 32 used ReNu with MoistureLoc, 15 used ReNu MultiPlus and 7 used an unspecified Bausch product. It also said three patients used Alcon Inc. products and three used products made by Advanced Medical Optics Inc. .