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Several major pharmaceutical companies have issued a recall of certain eye drops due to potential contamination. This recall affects dozens of popular eye drop brands, including Visine, Clear Eyes, and Bausch + Lomb. You can find the complete list here

The recall is due to the discovery of a type of bacteria known as Burkholderia cepacia in the eye drops. This bacteria can cause infections in those with weakened immune systems or chronic lung diseases and can be particularly dangerous for those with cystic fibrosis.

If you use any of the affected eye drop brands, it is critical to check the expiration date and lot number on the packaging to see if your product is included in the recall. If your eye drops are included in the recall, you should stop using them immediately and return them to the store where you purchased them for a full refund.

If you have used any affected eye drops and are experiencing symptoms such as redness, swelling, or discharge from the eyes, you should contact your doctor immediately. Your doctor may recommend a course of antibiotics or other treatment to help prevent further infection.

Signs of an eye infection include:

  • Yellow, green, or clear discharge from the eye
  • Eye pain or discomfort
  • Redness of the eye or eyelid
  • The feeling of something in your eye (foreign body sensation)
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Blurry vision
  • Eyes sticking shut when you wake up

It is important to note that not all eye drops from these brands are affected by the recall and that other non-recalled eye drops can be used in their place. If you are unsure whether your eye drops are included in the recall, you can contact the manufacturer directly.

You know this already, but if you use eye drops from any of the affected brands, it is vital to check for the recall and take appropriate action if your product is included. By being vigilant and taking prompt action, you can help protect yourself from potential harm and ensure the health of your eyes.