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post #1 of 29
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I don't know how many of you knew this or not, but I just found out Friday. A few weeks ago when I was doing some shopping at Wal Mart, I knew my bottle of contact lens solution was starting to run low and that I needed to buy some more. I tried to buy some of the contact solution that I use, only to discover that they were out. This past Friday, I tried again....again, they were out. I asked a store employee and she mentioned something about a recall. I told her that I knew there was a recall on Bausch & Lomb solution, but that's all I had heard about. Later, I went to a drug store to try to buy some....they were out too! I asked the store manager about it and she didn't know anything. So when I came home, I looked it up on the internet and discovered that the contact solution I use, which is called Complete Moisture Plus, was recalled back in May due to an infection that can cause blindness. I've been using this stuff for well over a month since the recall since I heard absolutely NOTHING about it in the news. I just wanted to give a heads up to anyone else who may use this contact solution and didn't know about it.
post #2 of 29
I work at Target and ours was pulled from the shelves right away. How scary!
post #3 of 29
Thanks for the heads up.
I had to change from Bausch & Lomb to Opti free Express. On my last eye exam they found out I was allergic to Bausch & Lomb and that was why my eyes hurt all the time. Well geez, it's the only thing Id'd been using for YEARS and just this time someone tells me that I'm allergic to it!? So ever since then my eyes have been fine and haven't bothered me once.

That worries me that noone bothered to say anything about a recall on eye solution.
post #4 of 29
We use Complete, too, and I asked last week why everyone's shelves were empty and was told they were recalled, but it was nothing major!

Just found this link: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news0...stureplus.html
post #5 of 29
I guess I inadvertantly solved the need to use contact lens solution by changing to Focus Day & Night contact lenses. I wear them 24/7 for a month, then change them! Only problem is that they're more expensive...
post #6 of 29
Here's the company's web site:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....55&highlight=#

I guess we are O.K. because we usually buy them from our optometrist, and the last batch we used started with AB (not ZB).

We've been buying Complete because they use less preservatives... Thanks for posting this... I'm so tired of recalls!
post #7 of 29
Eeesh! I'm sorry to hear that! Hopefully, since you've only been using it a short amount of time, you'll be fine. If you're worried, you could always call your optometrist's office and speak with someone there about your concerns. Good luck!

As far as what I use, I've been using OPTI-FREE® RepleniSH® since I got my new contact lenses because my eye Dr. said it was the only solution I should use for the new lenses. So far, so good!
post #8 of 29
One of my friends was using that stuff. She almost went blind. It's definitely not a minor issue. Her eyes are finally getting back to normal, but it was very scarey.
post #9 of 29
I used to wear contacts, and for some reason everytime I wore them one day my eyes became red and watery and very painful, I couldnt even open my eyes. I was told to NOT wear contacts, but by that time my vision was soooooo messed up, I couldnt even wear my glasses for the longest time, everything was in double. I thought I would go blind. I really wish I remembered which contact solution I used then, but I dont remember. I now have something called Kerataconus(sp?) and I cant wear contacts or ever get laser eye surgery. It sucks. Atleast now I only see a little bit of double.
post #10 of 29
I wear 2 week disposables. I usually keep them in longer though.

I do not use contact solution. Once I put them in, they stay in until it's time to throw them away.

My eye doctor hates me for this, but I have never had a problem. lol.
post #11 of 29
Like Breal my husband used to wear the 2 week disposable contacts. Did real well with them for 5 yrs. Until bam one day he had many many recurring eye infections. No matter the meds or drops they gave him things would only go good for 2 weeks then get bad again. The last time about a month ago he could not see. He missed work, drove him back and to to the eye doctor. Now he is back to glasses. And he will never go back to contacts.

BTW he did use solution the Opti free Express type.
post #12 of 29
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Originally Posted by Breal76 View Post
I wear 2 week disposables. I usually keep them in longer though.

I do not use contact solution. Once I put them in, they stay in until it's time to throw them away.

My eye doctor hates me for this, but I have never had a problem. lol.
You only have 1 pair of eyes your entire life, I wouldnt do anything stupid by not cleaning them just because "everything has been fine so far".
post #13 of 29
Another thing I have heard people talking about is suddenly becoming allergic to their contacts. One girl wore hers for 15 years with no problems. Then one day she developed an allergy to them. She got some thick flim that developed over her eye with the contact in. Bad bad bad. She no longer wears them she wears glasses but its something to remember.
post #14 of 29
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Originally Posted by Roimata View Post
You only have 1 pair of eyes your entire life, I wouldnt do anything stupid by not cleaning them just because "everything has been fine so far".
Nothing terrible has happened. If my eye doctor told me I was going to go blind because of it. I wouldn't do it.

While my doctor would prefer I take them out, it's definately not going to jeopordize my eye sight she told me this and she wasn't the first one. Which, lol..Because of the subject of this thread. Peoples eye sight was jeopordized because they use contact solution from taking their contacts out.


Everything you do in life is a risk. I have been doing this for 6 years. So far so good.
post #15 of 29
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Originally Posted by Roimata View Post
You only have 1 pair of eyes your entire life, I wouldnt do anything stupid by not cleaning them just because "everything has been fine so far".
Probably Breal76 was talking about the kind you are supposed to leave in, day and night.

Another heads-up: don't ever "mix" contact solutions... If you use soft contacts, you shouldn't change solution brands unless you start a fresh pair with the new brand.

This was a pain with the Complete recall because I had just put a fresh pair in, and had to throw them out when I was forced to buy a new brand of solution.
post #16 of 29
Since I NOW have Keratoconus(I can never spell it lol), my corneas are misshaped, so i'd have to wear HARD lenses now, I tried them.....well....tried to try them, the doctor put them in, and I couldnt open my eye, I dont get how people can wear those, omg. Either way now im stuck with glasses forever.
post #17 of 29
Are all Bausch & Lomb solutions not good to use? I use the gentle kind called Sensitive Eyes Plus. Is there a different brand that is better?
post #18 of 29
I stopped wearing contacs 4 years ago now, I think. I developed some kind of problem with them. They always feel like there is something on them, my eyes get all red and sore and watery. I tried them again a year ago. Same problem even with contacs my doctor swears are perfectly fit to my eye. So I wear glasses now.
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Wesley's Mom View Post
Are all Bausch & Lomb solutions not good to use? I use the gentle kind called Sensitive Eyes Plus. Is there a different brand that is better?
It was only a problem with this particular solution - there were a few cases of bacterial contamination found. The other types do not have the same composition.
post #20 of 29
I used that brand you mentioned until they announced the recall on the news back in may. After that I switched to Opti-Free Express "lasting comfort no rub" and oh my goodness.... i LOVE it!!!! It is really gentle on my eyes (i have bad eye allergies & chronic dry eye) and instead of it drying my eyes out after a short amount of time - it keeps them moist all day long. You should give it a try! It is the best solution i've used in a long time!!
post #21 of 29
Well this is sure a timely thread! I was just about to make my grocery list and of course this is the solution I use and I'm running low! Oh and about a month and a half from the date I should change my lenses. I already did that back in May when I had pinkeye! Foo!

I know Opti-free rewetting drops made my eyes burn when I had first started wearing contacs.
post #22 of 29
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I used that brand you mentioned until they announced the recall on the news back in may. After that I switched to Opti-Free Express "lasting comfort no rub" and oh my goodness.... i LOVE it!!!! It is really gentle on my eyes (i have bad eye allergies & chronic dry eye) and instead of it drying my eyes out after a short amount of time - it keeps them moist all day long. You should give it a try! It is the best solution i've used in a long time!!
Thanks, I will have to give it a try. It's about time for me to get another bottle of solution so I will keep that in mind when I go shopping! I have heard it is a good brand, but it's more expensive then the other stuff. But do you think it is worth it? My eyes do get dry easly and my contacts are uncomfortable sometimes because of it. So, if you think it's a good idea, then I will try out the Opti soluttion!
post #23 of 29
yeah i heard about this, but it wasn't well advertised. This was just after my eye doctor was all gung ho about the new stuff when it came out (2 years ago or so).....sheesh.
post #24 of 29
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Originally Posted by Isadora44 View Post
I guess I inadvertantly solved the need to use contact lens solution by changing to Focus Day & Night contact lenses. I wear them 24/7 for a month, then change them! Only problem is that they're more expensive...
Hmmmmm.....I didn't think it was a good thing to wear them 24/7. Eye doctors have always told me your eyes need to breathe.

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Originally Posted by SwampWitch View Post
Here's the company's web site:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix....55&highlight=#

I guess we are O.K. because we usually buy them from our optometrist, and the last batch we used started with AB (not ZB).

We've been buying Complete because they use less preservatives... Thanks for posting this... I'm so tired of recalls!
I took my bottle out of the garbage can and checked the numbers from the site you posted the link to. While my batch number started with ZB, the last 4 digits were not a match....so i'm OK.

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Originally Posted by emrldsky View Post
Eeesh! I'm sorry to hear that! Hopefully, since you've only been using it a short amount of time, you'll be fine. If you're worried, you could always call your optometrist's office and speak with someone there about your concerns. Good luck!

As far as what I use, I've been using OPTI-FREE® RepleniSH® since I got my new contact lenses because my eye Dr. said it was the only solution I should use for the new lenses. So far, so good!
Since I had to throw my bottle away, I had to decide on a new solution. That's the exact one I went with...the OPTI FREE Replenish. I went with it because my eyes are very dry and the bottle said the solution helps to keep them moisturized. I've only been using it since Friday night.....so far I've had no problems.

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Originally Posted by Breal76 View Post
I wear 2 week disposables. I usually keep them in longer though.

I do not use contact solution. Once I put them in, they stay in until it's time to throw them away.

My eye doctor hates me for this, but I have never had a problem. lol.
Again.....not a good thing to do. I remember my eye doctor once told me he wanted me to take them out as soon as I got home from work. I don't do that, but I do take them out every night and clean them. I have disposable lens too. I wear them for a month, then put in a new pair.
post #25 of 29
Wasn't this from a year ago?? Seems like they have had this problem before.

Anyhoo, I stopped using the Moisture Complete about a year ago. I tried the opti-free express, but I'm allergic to it (I would wake up with eye boogers).

So the vision tech told me about Clear Care. You get a new lens holder each purchase and its basically the best protein build up eater IMO.
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Wesley's Mom View Post
Thanks, I will have to give it a try. It's about time for me to get another bottle of solution so I will keep that in mind when I go shopping! I have heard it is a good brand, but it's more expensive then the other stuff. But do you think it is worth it? My eyes do get dry easly and my contacts are uncomfortable sometimes because of it. So, if you think it's a good idea, then I will try out the Opti soluttion!
Oh yea!! It's definitely worth it! I've worn contacts for 10 years now and out of all the solutions i've tried- this one is my favorite. It doesn't irritate my eyes in the least bit and it actually lives up to what it advertises! It's worth the money! By the way- if you have a Costco membership- you can get it there in a two pack cheaper than at the grocery and the boxes have cupons inside of them as well.
post #27 of 29
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Originally Posted by lunasmom View Post
So the vision tech told me about Clear Care. You get a new lens holder each purchase and its basically the best protein build up eater IMO.
I use this. I switched when the recall happened, because sadly that was my contact solution and it was like the only one that worked.

I love Clear Care though. It is basically hydrogen peroxide (though not the same as the gross brown bottle for your teeth or whatever) and the lens case has some special metal disk thingy that turns the peroxide into saline overnight. Downsides are, if you can't leave your contacts out for 8 hours you can't use it. And it says you don't need it rinse it after (and you can't rinse it with Clear Care) but I do, so I have to buy saline and contact solution.

Anyway, you'll never catch me dead in the wear overnight kind. They are still much more likely to cause eye problems than the regular kind, even if they are better than just sleeping in regular contacts. My mom wore hard lenses for decades and now she can't wear any make-up and has to have glasses because they caused some weird eye thing... I don't want to risk it.

Does anyone use dailies? People always recommend them but it seems like a waste of $ and how much different are they?
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Oh yea!! It's definitely worth it! I've worn contacts for 10 years now and out of all the solutions i've tried- this one is my favorite. It doesn't irritate my eyes in the least bit and it actually lives up to what it advertises! It's worth the money! By the way- if you have a Costco membership- you can get it there in a two pack cheaper than at the grocery and the boxes have cupons inside of them as well.
Thanks! I think I will try it!
post #29 of 29
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Again.....not a good thing to do. I remember my eye doctor once told me he wanted me to take them out as soon as I got home from work.

Don't know how to say this any different.

Not a big deal. More than one eye doctor knows my habits. My contacts are to be worn at all times.

Which is why I sleep with them in.

And yes the other poster is right. I wear day/night contacts.
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