Burg Simpson is not currently pursuing new AMO Complete® MoisturePlus™ Contact Lens Solution cases.
In May 2007, Advanced Medical Optics (AMO) announced a voluntary recall of its Complete® MoisturePlus™ contact lens solutions products because of concerns over eye infections from Acanthamoeba, a naturally occurring water-borne organism which can contribute to serious corneal infections.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has data available after interviewing 46 patients who had developed Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) infections reported since January 2005; 39 of these patients were soft contact lens wearers and 21 reported using Complete® MoisturePlus™ products. The CDC estimates a risk of at least seven times greater for those who used Complete® MoisturePlus™ solution versus those who did not.
The incidence of AK infections in the United States has been estimated by CDC at approximately one to two cases per million contact lens users.
Acanthamoeba is an organism commonly found in water, soil, sewage systems, cooling towers, and heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) systems. AK infections are usually found among individuals who improperly store/handle/disinfect their lenses (e.g., use tap water or homemade solutions for cleaning), swim/use hot tubs/shower while wearing lenses, come in contact with contaminated water, have minor damage to their corneas, or have previous corneal trauma.
The symptoms, which can last several weeks to months, are not the same for everybody. Early in the infection, the symptoms of AK can be very similar to the symptoms of other more common eye infections but AK may eventually cause severe pain and possible vision loss with some patients requiring a corneal transplant, if untreated.
Burg Simpson represented consumers injured by this product and resolved all of their claims via settlement with AMO.