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Another Toxic Contact Lens Cleaner Recalled

In another potentially nasty case of "deja vu all over again," the manufacturer of another contact lens cleaner has recalled nearly 3 million units shipped to Japan, other points in Asia and a smaller number from the United States, again due to bacterial contamination, on the heels of last spring's debacle involving Bausch & Lomb.

Although no problems have been reported stateside, California-based Advanced Medical Optics received consumer complaints from China and Japan regarding blurred vision, eye irritation and minor eye redness associated with using Complete MoisturePlus. The solution, company officials say, was contaminated by Ralstonia, a kind of bacteria not typically associated with eye infections that can still pose problems, including eye infections and microbial keratitis.

A Japanese retailer, unknowingly, identified the problem after complaining about the damage done to a number of bottles of Complete MoisturePlus. Later, company scientists discovered the damage was linked to Ralstonia bacteria that had been eating the oxygen in the bottles. No doubt, after consulting with the FDA, company officials pulled some 183,000 bottles of the tainted formula made on two production lines in China between June and October that were shipped to America as part of a special promotion.

If reading news like this makes you want to pitch your contacts and solutions out the window, I don't blame you. Just don't be tempted to make matters potentially worse by making a permanent change to your vision with LASIK surgery. Besides, LASIK is no cure for your vision problems.

One safer, healthier solution that's cheaper than replacing multiple pairs of glasses and contact lens over a lifetime: The Secrets of Regaining Your Vision Naturally training program I've used to correct and improve my own eyesight.

Bloomberg.com November 21, 2006

CNN Money.com November 21, 2006