Avoid 2 Eye Drop Products, FDA Advises
Jay Croft – Medscape Writer/Reporter

August 25, 2023

The FDA is urging the public to avoid buying or using two different kinds of eye drops because of possible bacterial or fungal contamination.

The warning is for “Dr. Berne’s MSM Drops 5% Solution” and “LightEyez MSM Eye Drops–Eye Repair.” Possible infections could threaten vision and life. The FDA says it does not know of anyone who has reported a problem because of using the products.

The FDA’s testing of the two products found that they were contaminated with microbes and were not sterile, as federal law requires. Both products contain contain methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) as an active ingredient, which is not approved in eye drop products, the agency said.

“Using contaminated eye drops could result in minor to serious vision-threatening infection which could possibly progress to a life-threatening infection,” the FDA said.

It advises anyone with signs or symptoms of an eye infection to seek medical care immediately.

If you have these products, the FDA urges you to dispose of them right away.

Earlier this year, the FDA warned against other eye drop brands linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria, CBS News reported. “The outbreak is linked to at least four deaths across 18 states and dozens of infections,” CBS said.

Brenart Eye Clinic has not recommended these products, but will continue to notify the public (and our patients) re: alerts, communications or recalls from the FDA in relation to ocular health.

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