Feds recall eyedrops over vision loss, bacterial infections

A popular brand of eyedrops sold in stores like Walmart and on Amazon is being recalled over vision loss and bacterial infection concerns, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC recall of EzriCare Artificial Tears came Thursday after dozens of reports in 12 different states, as well as one death. Three people have been blinded by the drops, according to the agency.

At least 55 people have reported contracting Pseudomonas aeruginosa, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria, in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nevada, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

The CDC is investigating with the Food and Drug Administration and state and local health agencies.

“To my knowledge, this is the first time that these highly resistant organisms have been linked to a contaminated product,” Maroya Spalding Walters, head of the CDC’s antimicrobial resistance team, told NBC News.

At least 11 people developed eye infections and three lost vision in at least one eye.

One victim died after the bacterium entered their bloodstream.

The CDC said anyone who used the eyedrops should seek medical attention if symptoms arise.