In the wake of an outbreak of the serious eye infection, Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), clinicians are advised to watch for potential symptoms and refer patients to an ophthalmologist, according to a health advisory May 25 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Vision loss or blindness can result in patients with AK who do not receive treatment.

The disease primarily affects contact lens wearers. The CDC has confirmed 138 cases in 35 states and Puerto Rice, with complete data on 46 patients who developed AK since January 2005. Of the 46 patients, 39 wore contacts, and 21 of the lens-wearers used the now-recalled Complete Moisture PLUS multipurpose cleaning solution (Advanced Medical Optics; Santa Ana, Calif.) in the month before they developed symptoms.

All patients using this solution should discard it, along with their current pair of soft lenses, then select an alternative solution and replace their lens storage...

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