Drug-resistant bacteria associated with eye drops pulled from the fire cost a fire captain in one eye

3 deaths related to withdrawal of eye drops

Three deaths related to withdrawal of eye drops


Three people died Eight others lost their sight as a result of an associated drug-resistant bacterial infection Remember the eye dropsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Centers for Disease Control warns against use Ezracare and Delsam Pharma Artificial tears recalled due to an outbreak.

Adam Di Sarro is a fire captain in Naples, Florida, who for years used artificial tears to dry out his left eye. He didn’t have a problem until last fall.

“Redness appeared, there was irritation, it was very itchy, and it was just not normal,” Di Sarro said. “It gradually got worse, to the point where I couldn’t even see in a few hours.”

Unable to treat the problem with antibiotics, doctors feared Di Sarro might lose his eye.

“It was hard,” he told CBS News. “And it’s still hard because I’m still not at work, where I’ve been for five months.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating a nationwide outbreak of antibiotic-resistant bacteria — Pseudomonas aeruginosa — that has infected 68 people in 16 states.

Dr. Guillermo Amescua of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami treated de Saro with an experimental light therapy that eventually cleared the infection.

Anyone who notices something wrong while using artificial tears should see an eye care provider as soon as possible, Amescua said.

Di Sarro is suing for negligence and hopes the surgery will restore sight to his left eye. Neither EzriCare nor Amazon has commented where Disarro bought the eye drops.

Symptoms of infection can include pain, discharge, redness, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision, according to the CDC.

To use eye drops safely in general, people should wash their hands and keep the tip of the bottle sterile.

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