Adam Di Sarro was blinded in one eye by contaminated eye drops
A Florida firefighter has revealed he has lost sight in one eye after using eye drops laced with drug-resistant bacteria – and he has filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers.
Naples Fire Capt. Adam Di Sarro said he had used EzriCare Artificial Tears for several years with no problems for dryness in his left eye until last fall, CBS News reported.
“The redness came, the irritation came, a lot of itching, and it was abnormal,” Di Sarro told the outlet. “It got progressively worse to the point where within hours I couldn’t even see.”
When antibiotics failed to clear the infection, doctors feared he would lose his eye.
“It was tough and it’s still tough because I’m still not at work — it’s been five months,” Di Sarro said.
dr Guillermo Amescua, a cornea specialist at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, used an experimental light treatment that eventually killed the infection, according to CBS News.
Di Sarro has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida against EzriCare and Delsam Pharma, which recently recalled batches after the over-the-counter drops were linked to cases in 16 states.
He’s also suing Amazon, which sold the eye drops. He accuses the manufacturers of negligence.
Nationwide, at least 68 people are known to have been infected by the contaminated drops during the outbreak of the antibiotic-resistant bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Three people died, eight went blind and four others had an eyeball surgically removed.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have identified cases in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
The agency noted that “patients reported 10 different brands of artificial tears, and some patients used multiple brands” — but EzriCare Artificial Tears “was the most commonly reported brand.”
“This was the only common artificial tear product identified across the four health facility clusters,” the CDC said. “Patients and healthcare providers should stop using EzriCare Artificial Tears immediately.”
EzriCare and Amazon did not comment to CBS News. The Post has contacted Delsam Pharma.
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