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As health officials investigate a serious bacterial outbreak linked to blindness, eye loss, and three deaths, more than five eye drop brands have recalled their products.
An outbreak of an uncommon strain of bacteria known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa is becoming increasingly traced to eye drops, according to federal health investigators. As one woman in Florida recently experienced, the bacteria can cause debilitating eye infections that can cause permanent blindness or even surgical eye removal.
Back in January 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the first warning about rising bacterial infections. Since then, CDC agents have identified nearly 70 patients with drug-resistant infections in 16 states. Three deaths have been linked to exposure to eye drops, with federal investigators indicating that other illnesses may be discovered soon.
There were at least two distinct recalls earlier this year linked to potential bacterial contamination, with CDC agents indicating that the bulk of infections have been linked to EzriCare Artificial Tears. In accordance with CDC reports, unopened bottles of EzriCare Artificial Tears are being tested to determine if contamination occurred during manufacturing.
However, CDC officials have also indicated they are still investigating the source of bacterial contamination — as healthcare providers learn more about those affected by tainted eye drops, more recalls are possible. A total of ten different brands of artificial tears were reported by patients, some of which were used multiple times.