Some users have been diagnosed with S. maltophilia, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, after using Opti-Free Replenish to disinfect their contact lenses.
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Opti-Free Replenish is a contact lens solution that is marketed as “sterile,” and used to disinfect soft contact lenses. Unfortunately, it has also been linked to case reports of patients who developed S. maltophilia.
S. maltophilia is a type of bacteria that is commonly found in water. It does not cause infections very frequently, but when infections do occur, they tend to be very serious because it is resistant to nearly all antibiotics.
The problem is that S. maltophilia infections in the eye can take much longer to treat than a normal infection. The longer treatment is delayed, the higher the risk of permanent complications, like vision loss and blindness.
Another problem is that infections with S. maltophilia have become increasingly common since the 1990s. Several studies have isolated it in contact lens solution. Researchers warn that S. maltophilia can survive in ultrapure water.
One study reported the following eye infections from S. maltophilia:
- Conjunctivitis: Also known as “pinkeye,” this infection causes inflammation of the conjunctiva, which is the membrane that protects the whites of the eyes and the eyelid.
- Keratitis: A common infection suffered by contact lens users, this involves inflammation of the cornea, which is the transparent covering of the iris and pupil that a contact lens normally covers.
- Orbital cellulitis: Infection of tissues around the eye.
- Endophthalmitis: Infection inside the eye, which can potentially lead to a loss of the eyeball itself.
What is the problem?
The Clark Firm, LLP is nationally recognized as a class action law firm in Texas. However, our trial attorneys are not filing an Opti-Free Replenish class action. Instead, at this time we are only accepting cases involving the most serious injuries and we are only filing individual lawsuits.
About Class Actions
The benefit of a class action is that a lot of people can seek compensation for the same legal claim by simply “opting-in,” rather than filing an individual lawsuit. This makes sense when the cost of filing a lawsuit is less than the compensation they are seeking — for example, reimbursement for buying a defective product.
Why Our Law Firm is Filing Individual Lawsuits as Opposed to a Class Action
For individual with very severe injuries, a class action could have disadvantages. Instead of having your own attorney who is committed to your legal defense, your case could be lumped together with other people who have less serious injuries. Members of a class action often must accept high attorneys’ fees or a “low-ball settlement.”
Instead of a class action, our lawyers file individual lawsuits. We understand that many of our clients are suffering devastating losses to their physical, emotional, and financial health. This is why we always review new cases for free, and typically work on contingency fee.
If you decide to file an Opti-Free Replenish lawsuit, our lawyers may be able to help you recover compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, future treatment, lost income, permanent disability, decreased quality of life, and more.
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