MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose Solution is a type of contact lens solution manufactured by Advanced Medical Optics. Recently the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a recall alert for the MoisturePlus Solution product. The recall was called for due to reports of a rare but very serious eye condition called acantahmoeba keratitis (AK).
The eye condition is caused by a parasite and has been linked to the MoisturePlus Solution. Research estimates that acantahmoeba keratits affects about 2 out of every 1 million contacts lens users. However, another investigation has disclosed that consumers who used the solution were at seven times greater the normal risk of developing AK.
What are the Health Risks Associated with MoisturePlus?
Acantahmoeba keratitis affects both healthy persons and those who wear contact lenses. It occurs due to a type of amoeba that attacks the cornea of the eye. The amoeba can survive in spaces between the eye and the contact lens; therefore, proper lens care and cleaning should always be regularly performed.
AK can lead to several serious effects, including:
- Loss of vision
- Diminished vision, blurriness of sight, or other similar symptoms
- Pain or discomfort in the eye
- Keratitis (inflammation of the front area of the eye)
- Corneal ulcer (later stages of the disease)
Advanced cases of AK can result in permanent loss of sight. In some cases, if detected early, the disease can be remedied by a variety of methods including a transplant of the cornea.
What Legal Remedies are Available for those Affected by the Recall?
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, you should check to determine whether they may be connected to the use of MoisturePlus Solution for soft contact lenses.
You should contact a lawyer immediately to see if you can recover monetary damages for any losses or injuries you may have received. Legal damages may be obtainable in a court of law under a negligence or defective products
If you plan to file a complaint, you should keep copies of all medical reports and history related to any AK symptoms or treatment you have experienced. Be sure to include doctor’s reports and laboratory tests, including medicine prescriptions. If possible, provide a proof of purchase or receipt for the MoisturePlus Solution. Discontinue use of the product immediately and exercise proper hygienic care of all contact lens and lens products.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Issues with MoisturePlus Solution?
If you have a complaint about MoisturePlus Solution or any other contact lens product, you may wish to consult with an attorney for advice and/or representation. A personal injury lawyer
will be able to explain the various laws regarding products liability. Defective products laws vary from state to state, so be sure that you are filing according to the proper statute.