Bausch & Lomb Recalls Eye Ointment for Injury RiskJuly 29, 2014 — Bausch & Lomb has issued a Class II recall for about 850,000 tubes of Muro 128, an eye-care ointment. Some tubes may have tiny crystals that can cause corneal abrasion — a scratch or scrape on the surface of the eye.

The recall affects 22 lots of Muro 128 Ointment, an over-the-counter product that is used for nighttime relief of corneal edema. Patients apply a small amount of the ointment to the inside of the eyelid every 3 to 4 hours.

Bausch & Lomb notified retailers of the recall on May 30, warning:

“Bausch & Lomb chose to initiate this recall based on data which showed crystal precipitate formation in the tube. An increase in the number of complaints related to crystal formation has prompted Bausch & Lomb to recall the product in the interest of public safety.”

Injuries linked to the problem include:

  • Injury to the cornea
  • Foreign body sensations
  • Eye irritation
  • Corneal abrasions

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bausch & Lomb has received complaints from customers who said the recall was not publicized adequately. One woman said it felt like “shards of glass” were in her eyes.

The problem may have occurred when products were improperly exposed to freezing temperatures after leaving the manufacturing facility. The ointment carries a “do not freeze” label.

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