How does one get Fusarium keratitis?

Under ordinary circumstances, Fusarium infections are rare and are triggered by a variety of causes, including trauma (especially when plant material gets into the eye), immune system problems, chronic disease of the surface of the eye, and, as now exposed, by wearing contact lenses. The infection is not transmitted from person to person, however.

In mid-2005, an unusual increase in Fusarium keratitis cases among contact lens wearers was observed first in Asia, and then spread worldwide. The cause of the upsurge has been linked to using a Bausch & Lomb lens solution called ReNu with MoistureLoc. The company has since withdrawn the product from the market worldwide, with a consumer recommendation to stop using it immediately.

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