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CDC Issues Alert: Popular Eyedrop Brand Connected to Bacterial Infections Resistant to Drugs

February 1, 2023 | By Kali Girl

On Jan. 20, the CDC reported of a possible link between the bacterial infection and the use of preservative-free EzriCare Artificial Tears, a popular brand of over-the-counter eyedrops, reports NBC News. A majority of those affected reported using the product before experiencing illness.”

Tragically, one individual has already died after the bacteria entered their bloodstream.

At least three were left blind in one eye, and eleven others developed eye infections. It’s still unclear if underlying eye conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma made these patients more vulnerable.

At least 50 people in 11 states have been diagnosed with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This bacterium is resistant to most antibiotics.

Cases have been reported in California, Colorado, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, New York, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Additional symptoms include pain, discharge, swelling, redness, light sensitivity, blurred vision, or the feeling of a foreign object in your eye,

If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.

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