AMO Contact Lens Solution

MacKay v. AMO Canada Company et al

Nova Scotia Supreme Court File: Hfx No. 287972

On November 8, 2007, Wagners filed a proposed common law class proceeding in the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on behalf of all residents of Nova Scotia who have suffered personal injuries and other damages as a result of having used AMO Complete All-In-One MoisturePLUS contact lens solution.

On May 25, 2007, Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. announced a global recall of their Complete All-In-One MoisturePLUS contact lens solution product. On May 28, 2007, AMO Canada forwarded an "Urgent Recall Notice" to Canadian health care professionals to advise of the recall of the solution. Finally, on May 30, 2007, Health Canada issued a public health advisory concerning the recalling of the product.

The recall of the contact lens solution was due to an increase in the risk for contact lens wearers' developing an infection known as Acanthamoeba keratitis, or AK. This infection is an extremely painful and debilitating eye condition which may result in blindness. The AK infection attacks the cornea of the eye and leads to eye pain, redness, blurred vision, sensitivity to light, frequent tearing and the sensation of a foreign matter being in the eye.

In order to confirm a diagnosis of AK it may be necessary to take corneal scrapings from the patient to permit stain and culture of the sample. If caught early enough, AK may be treated with a regime of drugs and anti-amoebal toxins. Unfortunately the diagnostic procedures and treatment of the AK infection can be very painful. In advanced cases of AK, surgery may be required in the form of a corneal transplant.

In 2006, the University of Illinois at Chicago observed an unusual increase in reported cases of AK. Following that, in January 2007, the U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initiated a study of twenty-two ophthalmology centres across the United States. By March 2007, the CDC had received data showing a marked increase in AK in the United States. By May 24, 2007, the CDC had gathered data showing at least one hundred and thirty-eight cases of AK in the United States since January 1, 2005.

A common feature linking many of these AK cases which were reported to the CDC was the use AMO's Complete All-In-One MoisturePLUS contact lens solution. The CDC found that contact lens wearers using this product were more than seven times more likely to develop AK than contact lens wearers using other products.

The following documents concerning the class action which Wagners has filed as a result of the problems and injuries with the use of the AMO Contact Lens Solution are available for viewing in PDF format:

Wagners is presently accepting enquiries from residents of Nova Scotia who have suffered personal injuries and other damages as a result of having used AMO Complete All-In-One MoisturePLUS contact lens solution.

If you, or a member of your family, have suffered eye problems or have been diagnosed with the AK infection as a result of using AMO Complete All-In-One MoisturePLUS contact lens solution and injury or other losses have resulted, you may be eligible to be included as a Class Member in our proposed class action lawsuit.

To sign up and determine if you qualify, please fill out this registration form:

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