The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) released a warning of potential eye infections to consumers buying several major brands of eye drops. The manufacturing company where these products are made was deemed unsanitary after several positive bacterial tests were conducted in important manufacturing areas in the facility. The FDA has recommended that the following brands and their products be recalled and that consumers properly discard them:
The FDA is still investigating this incident. If they add more brands and products to the recall list, you can find the updated list here.
Severe eye infections can cause vision loss and/or blindness if not treated properly. Please see a doctor if you are experiencing any symptoms of an eye infection1, which may include:
- Red eyes
- Eye pain
- Foreign body sensation
- Increased light sensitivity
- Yellow, green, or bloody discharge from the eye
- Blurred or decreased vision
If you have developed an eye infection that you believe came from one of these products, you can complete and submit a report to the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program or download the form and submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.
“Eye Infection: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment.” Cleveland Clinic, my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/25000-eye-infection. Accessed 31 Oct. 2023.