FORT LEE, Va. --
Commissaries worldwide have been directed to remove from their shelves Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solutions manufactured by Advanced Medical Optics of Santa Ana, Calif.
The manufacturer announced the voluntary recall after an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found a connection between the solution and a rare, but serious, eye infection, acanthamoeba keratitis, caused by a parasite. Anyone who wears soft contact lenses should stop using this solution.
This recall applies only to Complete MoisturePlus contact lens solutions. The following items are known to be in the DeCA stock assortment:
· UPC No. 8-27444-00001 Lens Care Solution Multi-Purpose
· UPC No. 8-27444-00004 Lens Care Moisture Plus Dual
Whiteman Commissary employees have removed more than 45 units of the affected product and returned it to the vendor for proper disposal.
"The Defense Commissary Agency strives to provide products of the highest quality to its customers. In the event of an incident such as this, we do everything we can to effectively remove the product from our shelves and keep our customers safe," said Carol Lakey, Whiteman Commissary store director.
Commissary patrons who have this product at home should return it to the store from which they purchased it for a full refund. Any unused portions of the product should be disposed of.
Acanthamoeba keratitis may lead to vision loss with some patients requiring a corneal transplant. The infection primarily affects otherwise healthy people who wear contact lenses. Consumers should consult with their eye doctor for an appropriate alternative cleaning and disinfecting product and seek immediate treatment if they have symptoms of eye infection as early diagnosis is important for effective treatment.
The symptoms of acanthamoeba keratitis can be very similar to those of other more common eye infections and may include eye pain or redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sensation of something in the eye or excessive tearing but acanthamoeba is more difficult to treat.
The Food and Drug Administration and CDC want to gather information related to acanthamoeba keratitis in contact lens users. Report adverse events related to these products to MedWatch, the FDA's voluntary reporting program on the Web at: www.fda.gov/medwatch/report.htm by telephone at (800) 332-1088; fax: (800) 332-0178; or mail to: MedWatch, Food and Drug Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD, 20852-9787.
Consumers who believe they might have the recalled product may call the company at 1-888-899-9183.
Additional information about the acanthamoeba infection is available from the CDC Web site at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/acanthamoeba/index.html