May 12, 2006

US CDC Says Eye Fungus Infections Rise to 122

WASHINGTON -- U.S. health officials have now confirmed 122 cases of a fungal infection that may be related to contact lens use, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday.

Officials are still investigating if any specific factors may raise the risk of the infection, called Fusarium keratitis, the CDC said. The outbreak has hurt the fortunes of Bausch & Lomb Inc., as many patients have reported using Bausch's ReNu with MoistureLoc contact lens solution.