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Nth Power
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« on: April 13, 2006, 08:02:11 AM »

This is kind of scary.
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Retailers started pulling a Bausch & Lomb (NYSE:BOL - news) contact lens solution off their shelves on Wednesday as the company warned it was not able to gauge the fallout from a federal investigation into whether the product was linked to a serious eye infection.

U.S. health authorities are looking into 109 cases of Fusarium Keratitis, a rare infection that could cause permanent vision loss if untreated. People in 26 of those cases said they had used ReNu products or generic versions made by Bausch & Lomb.


It's a small population, but when it comes to my sight, I don't want risk it.  I'm going to switch my brand of lens solution starting tomorrow.


Full story here.
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« Reply #1 on: April 13, 2006, 11:40:19 AM »

it's the Renu line of products, I've never used that line, but I have used one of there other unrelated lines and I've had no issues for over 4 years, so I don't think I'll be quick to change.

Also, after reading the article it states that some of the other participants used other eye solutions as well.
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« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2006, 02:13:56 PM »

Renu also produces some generics at the same plant.

I wouldn't be too worried.. but it can't hurt to switch for awhile.
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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2006, 03:12:14 PM »

hmm...i've been using that exact stuff since it hit the market (Renu w/ MoistureLoc), and used another Renu solution before that.  just bought a new bottle of the offending stuff last week and used it to put my contacts in the morning... :?
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« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2006, 06:39:25 PM »

I've been using the generic stuff 'Equate' from Walmart for a couple years now. Cheap and I haven't had any trouble. I don't believe that it is made or packaged by B&L either.
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« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2006, 07:08:22 PM »

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I've been using the generic stuff 'Equate' from Walmart for a couple years now. Cheap and I haven't had any trouble. I don't believe that it is made or packaged by B&L either.

I've used that for about 5 years.  No problems.
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« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2006, 07:18:47 PM »

LASIK FOR THE WIN! I'M A CONVERT! SO SHOULD YOU...be.
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« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2006, 07:21:30 PM »

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I've been using the generic stuff 'Equate' from Walmart for a couple years now. Cheap and I haven't had any trouble. I don't believe that it is made or packaged by B&L either.


Equate is great. $3 for two bottles. Can't beat that.
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« Reply #8 on: April 13, 2006, 08:23:12 PM »

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LASIK FOR THE WIN! I'M A CONVERT! SO SHOULD YOU...be.

Pfft.  Lasers + Eyeballs = me screaming like a little girl.
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« Reply #9 on: April 13, 2006, 08:38:36 PM »

Valium, my friend! Valium!

Here's the detailed history of my experience as posted on BC

I'd do it again (and will for the final touch ups some time in the next few months).

I went from >2400 to 20/25 and am SO grateful.
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« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2006, 10:57:49 PM »

I'd like to do Lasik, but I have an astygmatism in both eyes, which makes it even more expensive.  The last time I checked, it was costing me $500 for each eye + another $250 for the astygmatism.  That made it a cool $1500 for both.
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« Reply #11 on: April 14, 2006, 12:17:05 AM »

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I'd like to do Lasik, but I have an astygmatism in both eyes, which makes it even more expensive.  The last time I checked, it was costing me $500 for each eye + another $250 for the astygmatism.  That made it a cool $1500 for both.

And honestly, I'd worry about the skill/experience of someone who did it that cheaply.
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« Reply #12 on: April 14, 2006, 01:05:23 AM »

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I'd like to do Lasik, but I have an astygmatism in both eyes, which makes it even more expensive.  The last time I checked, it was costing me $500 for each eye + another $250 for the astygmatism.  That made it a cool $1500 for both.

And honestly, I'd worry about the skill/experience of someone who did it that cheaply.


Yeah, I'm especially wary of those "specials" some places have.  Maybe it's all good and legit, but I'd rather pay more for a recognized name and not take the chance.
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« Reply #13 on: April 14, 2006, 01:54:09 AM »

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I'd like to do Lasik, but I have an astygmatism in both eyes, which makes it even more expensive.  The last time I checked, it was costing me $500 for each eye + another $250 for the astygmatism.  That made it a cool $1500 for both.


I had severe astigmatism in each eye.  For the #1 guy in Northern Virginia it cost me $2850 per eye.  They had a 600.00 promotion so final cost was $5100.00 total (for initial lazoring, and follow ups).  If you pay for it through flex spending it works to be about 30% less.

Totally worth it.
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