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University of Miami Study Raises More Questions About Fusarium Fungus

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A report from researchers at the University of Miami raises more questions about the recent problems associated with Bausch & Lomb’s ReNu contact lens solution.

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine reports 34 cases of fungal keratitis associated with soft contact lens use between January 2004 and April 2006. Compare that to the previous numbers from the same institution: only three cases of fungal keratitis between 1969 and 1977, two between 1977 and 1982 and five between 1982 and 1992.

The most recent 34 cases were all associated with a particular kind of fungus known as Fusarium. Only 13 of the patients could remember what kind of contact lens solution they used. Of the 13, 12 reported they used some sort of ReNu brand solution. The study underlined the importance of obtaining a quick diagnosis of the fungus followed by prompt, targeted, and aggressive treatment.