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April 7, 2006

Increase in eye infections - warning for contact lens users

Topics: Health Issues

There is concern about an increase in the number of cases of a fungal eye infection within the last 12 months, especially among people who wear contact lenses.

The symptoms of fungal eye infection are blurry vision, pain or redness, sensitivity to light, and/or excessive discharge from the eyes.

Of the twenty known cases in Florida, 12 have been contact lens wearers. There are around 50 cases from 12 states that have been reported to the federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention that have been reported so far this year. There have also been cases reported in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. Singapore has noted that there has been a spike in February, and that there have been 39 cases reported for 2005/2006.

If the fungus infection is not treated it can lead to cornea damage and blindness. It can be treated with appropriately prescribed eye drops.

Posted by at April 7, 2006 6:00 AM

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