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AMO Complete MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose Lens Solution

In May 2007, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) of Santa Ana, CA. voluntarily recalled Complete Moisture Plus in the US after reports linked the contact lens solution to Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare but serious and painful eye infection of the cornea that can result in blindness, from using AMO's Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose contact lens solution.

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Lens Solution Recalled: Victims Lose Site

AMO Complete Moisture Plus Multi-Purpose Lens Solution Injured consumers worldwide reported loss of vision due to the product: one man in Brisbane, Australia claims that he lost vision in his right eye a few months after using the contact lens solution and filed a lawsuit against AMO in Orange County, California. In July, 2006 a man in North Carolina began to suffer symptoms of pain, light sensitivity, tearing, and vision impairment in his left eye after using AMO. In August 2006, he was diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis and by July 2007, all this time in severe pain, his doctor ordered an emergency corneal transplant.

amo lens solution infectionIn June, 2007 a Texas resident filed a lawsuit against AMO alleging that she suffered permanent vision loss due to Acanthamoeba keratitis, from use of AMO's Complete MoisturePlus Multi Purpose contact lens solution. She began to suffer symptoms of light sensitivity, tearing, and redness in 2004, but her doctors were unable to diagnose her condition. By the end of 2004, she lost the vision in her left eye and in January 2005, she was finally diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis. The woman waited nine months for a corneal transplant--her vision is still impaired.

There are currently more than 48 separate lawsuits involving over 80 individual plaintiffs pending against AMO, including several class actions. Lawyers predict that more cases will be filed as medical records of potential claimants are evaluated.

AMO Recalled

The recall followed a warning from the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that the risk of developing the rare eye infection was at least seven times greater for those using the product. A spokesman for CDC reportedly called the continued use of the product by those unaware of the risk "a real tragedy."

By July 31, the FDA announced on its website that the recall had been reclassified from "voluntary" to "Class 1," which FDA reserves for cases where product use is associated with the "reasonable probability" of "serious adverse health consequences or death." Although the FDA alerted health care workers and soft contact lens customers about the recall, lawsuits state that AMO failed to adequately notify consumers and retailers of the recall.

Complaints allege that AMO's contact lens solution was not effective in disinfecting contact lenses; it was inferior to other multipurpose solutions available on the market; and that AMO's own data demonstrated the product's lack of effectiveness in preventing the growth of protozoa microorganisms, including acanthamoeba.

AMO Eye Infection Legal Help

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US residents: If you or a loved one has developed an eye infection after using AMO Complete MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose lens solution, please click the link below to send your complaint to a lawyer to evaluate your claim at no cost or obligation.


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Infection is continual with no cure so far, I am on 4 different very costly eye drops which I must take for a total of 15 times a day.

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Pearle Vision store recommended the use of AMO Moisture Plus and this use cause infections on both eyes. Pain, redness and sensitiveness to light, could not open my eyelids, full time secretions and tears. Partial sight lost in both eyes. A white spot in my left eye. Difficulty in night driving.

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I had to miss work for over a week, twice in the past two years due to a keratitis in my eyes. There was no explanation of it, other than the fact that I have been using this contact solution, which I recently discovered. I have not been able to wear contacts for more than a few hours at a time, since the last incident which was the worst. I was in an immense amount of pain, my vision was very blurry, my eyes teared constantly, they were very red and sensitive to the light. I was out of work for over a week. I was at the eye Doctor every day to try and find a medicine that would work for me. I spent money on prescriptions that I shouldnt have had to do, as well as my co-pay to the doctor. I also had to purchase new glasses due to the fact that I could no longer wear my contacts. This condition caused me a lot of pain, and suffering, and it also put me in financial strain. Not to mention, the amount of money I spent purchasing this product over the past few years, about two bottles a month.

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I have had extensive blurring in vision more specifically to the right eye. I have noticed also that recently I actually need sunglasses when it's sunny. I almost everyday feel like I hadn't cleaned my contacts enough and that maybe there was something underneath my contacts. I thought it was weird how for maybe a couple weeks, when I would take out my contacts to go to bed, I would feel extreme iritation behind my right eye lid, even though it was in the same spot and would never stop until I fell asleep. My eyes often feel tired and almost foreign to me. I do not feel that I am in the extreme stage of eye infection but I do feel that these sudden symptoms are from the recalled product. I have hard contact lenses and have had them since around this time last year. I had been using a different solution and just recently around March started using the recalled solution. I am very upset of the posibilities of permanent damage.

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On March 11, I was experiencing a little pain in one eye but decided to ignore it thinking that i wasn't anything serious. The next morning I woke up to a different feeling. Before I can look in the mirror to see what ws wrong, I felt soreness in my eyes and my right eye wouldnt open because there was so much film around it causing it to stick together. I went to look at my eyes and saw that they were blood shot red and there was a lot of gook in my eyes. I checked on the internet to see if I can find some answers and I came across the article about the recall of the amo solution. I had no idea that they recalled the solutin that I was still using. My husband took me to the hospital where they diagnosed me as having chemical conjuctivitis. I was given a prescription for medicated drops and i have to follow up with an eye doctor in two days.

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I had to see eye doctors several times to aleiviate an infection of the eye. I would wake in the morning with my eyes closed due to pus coming from the eye. This was painful for me. I could not wear my contact lenses for several days. I finally received drops for my eyes, which finally cleared the infection. I had to go through several eye exams, to find the problem. Apparently there was a nasty parisite which was causing the infection in the eye, which according to my optamologist, was like tiny pinholes all through the cornea of my eye.

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On about December 1st of 2006 I began to experience severe eye discomfort.

In the course of five days my vision went from discomfort to extreme pain to blindness.

Although compound antibiotics eventually cleared up the infection both of my corneas are scarred and I am blind in my right eye.

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Went without contacts 10 days had to purchase glasses to get by after clearing up the infection still had problems not able to wear contacts more than 8 hours (wore 24hours before no problems) then heard about recall. Since stopped using the solutions eyes were tremendously better in a few days.My son also had the same thing happen.

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