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ReNu Contact Lens Solution Recall AGAIN!!!

Bausch & Lomb, makers of ReNu MultiPlus contact lens cleaner, is voluntarily pulling about 1.5 million bottles of the cleaning solution off the shelves. About 1 million bottles of the popular brand were distributed in the U.S. with another 500,000 in Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Latin American. The company has notified the FDA and regulators in the other affected countries as well.

Remember last spring, they pulled their ReNu with MoisterLoc contact lens solution off shelves because that solution was causing eye infections that could result in temporary blindness? YIKES!!! They told everyone to switch to ReNu MultiPlus, and now that product is being recalled. Geez. Bausch & Lomb assures that this ReNu recall has nothing to do with the 1st recall.

The reason for this limited voluntary recall is three customers in Rochester, NY reported discolored solution. Bausch & Lomb determined that the discoloration was caused by trace amounts of iron found in the solution.

The good news? No one was harmed by the iron found in some of the bottles. The only problem is the contaminated bottles may lose effectiveness earlier than usual.

What is up with Bausch & Lomb? They used to make great contact lens solution, and now I have completely lost my trust in them forever. I switched to Alcon's Opti-Free Replenish last Spring with the first recall. It leaves my contact lenses feeling clean and moisturized, plus this solution has never been recalled (knock on wood).

ewwwww I just bought Renu too!
jecy5 jecy5 8 years
Ok, I am doing a science fair project on what hygiene products work the best for anti-bacterial stuff. My hygiene products were: Neosporin, Hand sanitizer, hand lotion, Renu contact solution, hand soap, and listerine. About the third day in of trying to grow bacteria on the stuff, these moldy-spore thingy things sprouted up ON THE DOT WHERE I PUT THE RENU CONTACT SOLUTION!!! how gross is that??? i just used the stuff because that is what i had. After i saw that, i threw it away. this is definatley going on my science fair board. GROSS!!!
FredMorgan FredMorgan 10 years
Hi: These are not new issues, as a matter of fact problems with contact lens solutions has been a stigma in the eye since early 2000, with recalls only happening when we, the public, get sick. I found a decent resource on the Bausch & Lomb ReNu Recall which really is a good gague for how little the companies care about our health & safety at a site called LawsuitSearch... Hope it helps. Fred Morgan, Esq.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
That Opti-Free stuff is AMAZING. Thanks for the rec. It is such great stuff. My eyes and lenses really do feel refreshed not gunky!
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
opti free here too! ive been wearing contacts since 1992 and boy have saline solutions change. i used to have to put my lenses in this weird case that fizzed whe you put it in the bottle and use enzyme once a week. now i just drop them in fresh solution. love it.
MissFashionista MissFashionista 10 years
that is why I stick to my Opti-Free Replenish solution. I've been using it before and after the first ReNu recall. Opti-Free has done me no wrong :)
Beaner Beaner 10 years
What is up with ReNu?
pink_orchid pink_orchid 10 years
WOW! thanks for the news!
SU3 SU3 10 years
Thanks GreenSkittlesGal - will definitely have to look into the Boston solution now after learning about all this...
elynette elynette 10 years
Yeah my doctor gave me that description and I couldn't imagine it. I mean our contacts are one of the first things we put on after our morning appointment in the bathroom... double ew... But yeah, some people are lazy I guess...and dirty ------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Ho silver....Awwwwwaaaaaaaaayyyy!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
elynette - are you serious? there are people out there who don't change the solution in their contact case? when i take my contacts out each night, i always pour fresh solution in the case. geez, i thought that was common knowledge for contacts wearers, but apparently not...
elynette elynette 10 years
I went to the eye doctor a couple of weeks ago and this came up. He basically told me that the only way that a person would have been affected by the temporary blindness is if they never changed their solution and used dirty hands to take out the contact lenses and put them back in. The way the Moistureloc worked was that it had this protein that would adhere to your contact and eventually get absorbed into your eye when you wore them, hence the fresh contact feeling. Once the contacts were taken out of the clean solution, all you had left in your case was a solution that was no longer sterile or had any moistureloc proteins in it. So some people didn't know this and kept reusing the solution that was dirty and now had bacteria from the person's fingers. (EW). So then you get the infection in the eye, which caused the temporary blindness.... the end... lol ------------------------------------------------------------- Hi Ho silver....Awwwwwaaaaaaaaayyyy!!
Robyn-Tang Robyn-Tang 10 years
Again?! My sister always used that brand, but I never liked it. Good thing too, ey! :P
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
And why does ReNu not make this stuff more widespread? I wouldn't have known about the first recall had my roommate in college not randomly mentioned it. I wouldn't have known about this had I not read this site! Just food for thought.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
I use this stuff! My roommate just gave me her half-used bottle b/c she had to switch to a different type of solution and the stuff in her bottle is DISCOLORED!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had no idea. I'm glad that this won't affect my sight, but STILL. I'm buying a different brand tonight!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
fitsugar, thank you so much for telling us. I need to switch brands.
Season Season 10 years
Does make you wonder how hard it is to make saline though...dumbasses
Season Season 10 years
I wouldn't be too upset. I work in quality assurance for a food company. Generally, products are never safer than immediately following a high-profile outbreak, recall, etc. =)
GreenSkittlesGal GreenSkittlesGal 10 years
SU3, I've been wearing hard lenses for over a decade! Boston has never given me any problems (and I'm sloppy and don't even use any enzyme cleaner!).
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
Well snap! I didn't know about the first recall either and this is the brand I use!!! Ack! I'm def stopping by the store tonight for a new bottle of solution!
frostie9669 frostie9669 10 years
be careful even with CVS and other generic brand solutions. many of them are manufactured by the same companies that make brand name solutions. in fact, the first recall involved not only renu with moistureloc but also its generic equivalent. (i think it was CVS brand, but don't quote me on it.) anyway, fit is right about alcon opti-free. my ophthamalogist says that it's the best out there and the least susceptible to harboring the infections that caused such a stir last year.
Tech Tech 10 years
Yikes! I just bought a bottle!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
WHHAAAT? :JAWDROP: Thank goodness I just use the CVS brand.
SU3 SU3 10 years
wow... didn't even know there was a first recall? Do you have any suggestions for those with hard contact lenses?
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