FDA Wants Stricter Eye Contact Lens Solution Controls

Two years after Bausch & Lomb’s Renu eye contact lens solution was linked to serious eye infections, the FDA is recommending new labeling instructions including rubbing the contact lens in order to remove dirt and bacteria in spite of some products marketed as “no rub” solutions.
Of course, this is too little, too late for those who’ve suffered terrible eye injuries because of contaminated lens solutions that actually caused the eye infections in the first place.
According to an article in Forbes, “Advanced Medical Optics’ withdrew its solution last year after government scientists linked it to a rare eye-infecting parasite called Acanthamoeba keratitis. It is not among the bacteria and fungi FDA currently requires products be tested against.
Panelists overwhelmingly said FDA should require companies test their solutions against the parasite before gaining market approval.”