Dr. Berne’s and LightEyez MSM Eye Drops Pose Vision-Threatening Infection Risk Due to Bacterial, Fungal Contamination: FDA

FDA sampling and testing found bacterial and fungal contamination in Dr. Berne's and LightEyez eye drops which could carry risks of vision loss and death.

Following a recent outbreak of eye infections linked to contaminated eye drops earlier this year, which resulted in serious and sometimes life-threatening infections, federal regulators are now warning about bacterial and fungal contamination that have impacted two other brands of eye drops, including bottles sold under the Dr. Bernie’s and LightEyez labels.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a Dr. Berne’s and LightEyez MSM Eye Drops warning on August 22, indicating use of the eye drops could lead to infections that threaten both the consumers vision and their lives. While the agency indicates it is not aware of any injuries linked to the eye drops, it warns they contain ingredients unapproved for use by the FDA, and could lead to serious problems.

According to the warning, the manufacturers of Dr. Berne’s eye drops have agreed to recall their product, but LightEyez has yet to respond to the FDA’s request to remove its eye drops from the market.

MSM Eye Drop Infection Risks

The FDA warning applies to Dr. Berne’s MSM Drops 5% Solution and LightEyes MSM Eye Drops; both of which use methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) as an active ingredient.

“These products are unapproved drugs and illegally marketed in the U.S.,” the FDA warns. “There are no legally marketed ophthalmic drugs that contain MSM as an active ingredient.”

The agency indicates that sampling and testing has revealed that the products contained microbial contamination and were not sterile. Bacillus bacteria and exophiala fungus were found in samples of Dr. Berne’s eye drops. LightEyez eye drops were found to contain a number of microbial contaminants, including pseudomonas, mycobacterium, mycolicbacterium and methylorubrum.

“FDA recommends consumers properly discard these products,” according to the statement, which contains a link to instructions on how to safely dispose of the eye drops. “Using contaminated eye drops could result in minor to serious vision-threatening infections, which could possibly progress to a life-threatening infection.”

Artificial Tears Eye Drop Infections

The warnings follow a massive Artificial Tears eye drops recall issued earlier this year, impacting bottles sold under the EzriCare and Delsam brands, which were linked to reports of severe eye infections nationwide, including instances where users required surgical removal of their eye ball, or experienced bloodstream infections, including at least one death.

Information about the Artificial Tears infection outbreak first surfaced in late January 2023, when the CDC identified a cluster of individuals experiencing bacterial infections after using EzriCare eye drops. This immediately led to calls for a recall, and a number of Artificial Tears lawsuits brought both by individuals diagnosed with infections, as well as consumer class action claims that seek economic damages and medical monitoring.

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Eye Drops Recall Lawsuits

Lawyers are investigating EzriCare Artificial Tears eye infection lawsuits for individuals who experienced problems following use of recalled eye drops.


The recalled Artificial Tears eye drops have been found to contain Carbapenem-Resistant Pseudomonas Aeruginosa (CRPA), which is bacteria that may result in infections resulting in mild to severe health consequences, including fever, chills, body aches, light-headedness, rapid pulse, heavy breathing, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased urination.

The strain of Pseudomonas aeruginosa linked to recalled Artificial Tears eye drops poses a major health risk due to its antibiotic resistance and capability of mutating quickly. In severe cases, Pseudomonas aeruginosa may cause endophthalmitis, which is a rare but serious infection of the eyeball that can cause inflammation and destruction of the tissue throughout the eye, resulting in irreversible blindness.

In the wake of the recall, federal regulatory systems have come under scrutiny, and serious questions have emerged about how contaminated eye drops were able to be so widely distributed and sold in the U.S. before the problems were discovered.

The FDA requests that any consumers or healthcare professionals who experience adverse events with any of the contaminated eye drops submit a report to the agency’s MedWatch adverse event reporting program.


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