The FDA Issues Warnings Against Using 27 Eye Drop Products

October 31, 2023

… due to the potential risk of eye infections that could result in partial vision loss or blindness.

The Food and Drug Administration said in a press release after finding insanitary conditions in an eye drop manufacturing facility.

Why It Matters: On Monday, the Food and Drug Administration expanded its warning against using certain kinds of over-the-counter eye drops to 27 products. They warn that these products can lead to eye infections that progress into partial vision loss or blindness. The FDA “found insanitary conditions in the manufacturing facility and positive bacterial results from environmental sampling of critical drug production areas in the facility(FDA Press Release).

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Stores such as CVS, Rite Aid and Target are removing the products from their shelves. Consumers should discard the product if they already possess them.

To Note: The “FDA has not received any adverse event reports of eye infection associated with these products at this time,” but encourages consumers to report an event if it occurs.

This follows a series of eye drop brand recalls earlier this year.

Read More:

What to Know About the Recent Eyedrops Recalls (The New York Times)

FDA warns against buying, using eyedrops made in ‘insanitary conditions’ (NBC News)

FDA warns consumers not to purchase or use certain eye drops from several major brands due to risk of eye infection (The Food and Drug Administration)

by Sarah Pinkerton,