A rising case of concern is spreading across multiple states in the USA (United States of America) because of the use of contaminated bottles of eye drops.
It was stated that at least 68 people have been adversely affected by the eye drops. Four of the above number will need to get their eyeballs removed, while three have been pronounced dead, and eight have been left blind.
Manufactured in India, the over-the-counter drops were distributed by Delsam Phama and EzriCare, and it is stated that the drug carries a strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa that was not disclosed in the USA priorly, although the drops had been recalled last February. The CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) gave an update on Tuesday, March 14, which stated that affected individuals were spread across 16 states within the U.S., including New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York City, and Connecticut.
Patients have reported multiple different eyedrop brands with issues, but EzriCare Artificial Tears was reported the most.
The CDC stated, “This was the only common artificial tears product identified across the four healthcare facility clusters. Patients and healthcare providers should immediately stop the use of EzriCare Artificial Tears. Patients who have used EzriCare or Delsam Pharma’s artificial tears and who have signs or symptoms of an eye infection should seek medical care immediately.”
It was also mentioned that those patients not experiencing any effects do not need to seek medical attention, but they should, however, pay attention to any symptoms that may develop in the future. Symptoms may include redness of the eyes, blurry vision, eye discomfort, or clear, yellow, or green discharge from the eyes.
Though the CDC did not detail any individual case, according to CNN a 72-year-old male who used the product to get relief from his dry eyes was diagnosed with corneal blindness (that could possibly be cured with a corneal transplantation).
Another similar case, involving a 72-year-old woman, relays where the patient began to notice changes in her left eye and symptoms such as blurry vision and a yellow discharge, which led to the blindness of the organ despite surgery and attempts at treatment.
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