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AMO Complete® MoisturePlus Acanthamoeba Keratitis Recall Lawsuit

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The Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) Complete® MoisturePlus™ contact lens solution has been linked to serious eye infections including the development of Acanthamoeba keratitis and microbial Keratitis. 

If you or a loved one have developed a corneal infection (keratitis) while using any multi-purpose contact lens solution, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.

Why You Should Choose Schmidt & Clark, LLP: Our law firm is one of the most active firms in the country regarding the ongoing Complete® MoisturePlus™ litigation.

Breaking News Regarding Acanthamoeba Keratitis & Complete® MoisturePlus™

  • June 21, 2009 – “FDA Reports Show Abbott Labs Subsidiary Failed to Disclose Parasite Eye Infections Tied to Contact Lens Solution”
  • June 20, 2009 – NYTimes.com & Associated Press Article, “Contact solution maker failed to report problems” [1]

What is Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

Acanthamoeba Keratitis primarily affects otherwise healthy people, most of whom wear contact lenses. In the United States, an estimated 85% of cases occur in contact lens users. Acanthamoeba Keratitis is a rare, local infection of the eye that typically occurs in healthy persons and can result in permanent visual impairment or blindness. Acanthamoeba Keratitis varies greatly from person to person.

Symptoms

The symptoms of Acanthamoeba Keratitis vary greatly from person to person.

Generally, people that have been diagnosed with Acanthamoeba Keratitis exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Eye pain
  • Eye redness
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Sensation of something in the eye
  • Excessive tearing

Because there are similarities with symptoms of other eye infections, early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment of Acanthamoeba Keratitis.

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Diagnosis

Early diagnosis is essential for effective treatment of Acanthamoeba Keratitis. The infection is usually diagnosed by an eye specialist based on symptoms, growth of the ameba from a scraping of the eye, and/or seeing the ameba by a process called confocal microscopy.

Talk to your doctor: Acanthamoeba Keratitis is often misdiagnosed, and/or confused with other forms of keratitis caused by bacteria, fungus or viruses such as herpes. If you have developed a corneal infection that has not responded well to treatment, you may want to ask your doctor to consider acanthamoeba.

Treatment

Several prescription eye medications are available for treatment. However, the infection can sometimes be difficult to treat and the best treatment regimen for each patient should be determined by an eye doctor. If you suspect your eye might be infected with Acanthamoeba Keratitis, see an ophthalmologist immediately.

Acanthamoeba Keratitis & AMO Complete® MoisturePlus™ Recall

In the second nationwide recall, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) in association with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) is voluntarily recalling its popular its Complete® MoisturePlus™ Multi-Purpose Solution.

The CDC and the FDA are investigating 138 confirmed cases of Acanthamoeba Keratitis, a rare, painful eye infection that can lead to permanent vision loss or blindness.

The CDC estimates a risk of at least seven times greater for those who used Complete MoisturePlus solution versus those who did not

In addition to the most recent recall, our law firm is still accepting cases of Microbial Keratitis, another eye/corneal infection that was linked to AMO Complete® MoisturePlus™ contact solution in November 2006. The earlier recall was initiated because it was discovered that certain lots of the 12-ounce Complete® MoisturePlus™ Multi-Purpose contact lens care solution and Active Packs were contaminated with bacteria.

If you feel that you may have developed Microbial Keratitis or Acanthamoeba Keratitis you should seek professional medical attention immediately. If left untreated, these infections could lead to blindness, vision loss or other serious side effects.

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FAQs:

What Is Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

Acanthamoeba keratitis is a rare but serious eye infection that affects the cornea. It is caused by a microscopic organism called Acanthamoeba, which is commonly found in water and soil.

What Are the Symptoms of Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

The symptoms of Acanthamoeba keratitis include severe eye pain, redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, excessive tearing, and the sensation of something in the eye.

Why Was the Complete Contact Solution by Advanced Medical Optics (Amo Discontinued?

The Complete Contact Solution by Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) was discontinued on May 26, 2007, due to a recall. This action followed reports of an unusually high number of cases of a rare and serious eye infection.

Who Is at Risk for Acanthamoeba Keratitis?

Contact lens wearers are at risk for Acanthamoeba keratitis, especially those who use homemade saline solutions, swim or shower with lenses in, or fail to follow proper lens hygiene practices.

How Can Acanthamoeba Keratitis Be Prevented?

Acanthamoeba keratitis can be prevented by practicing good contact lens hygiene, using sterile lens solutions, avoiding contact with water while wearing lenses, and regularly cleaning and replacing lenses and storage cases.

Do I have an Acanthamoeba Keratitis Lawsuit?

The Products Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus exclusively on the representation of plaintiffs in Complete® MoisturePlus™ recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new corneal infections (keratitis), including Acanthamoeba Keratitis cases in all 50 states.

If you or a loved one has developed a corneal infection (keratitis) while using any multi-purpose contact lens solution, you should contact us immediately. You may be entitled to compensation and we can help.

References:

  1. http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/06/20/business/AP-US-Eye-Infections-Investigation.html

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