More cases of eye fungus found in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Three more cases of a fungal eye infection that can cause temporary blindness have been confirmed in Tennessee and three others are under investigation, the state Health Department said Thursday.

Among the seven confirmed cases, six were among contact lens wearers who used Bausch & Lomb Renu with Moisture Loc solution, department spokeswoman Andrea Turner said.

Federal health authorities are investigating 109 cases of the infection, fusarium keratitis, and say most of the victims in 17 states were using ReNu with MoistureLoc eye solution to cleanse their contacts.

Tennessee's other confirmed case occurred in a resident who didn't wear contacts or use the solution, Turner said.

Three of the contact lens wearers and the patient who didn't wear the lenses had to have corneal transplants.

Without a lengthy eye drop treatment, the disease can cause scarring of the cornea that results in permanent blurry vision unless a transplant is done.

Bausch & Lomb halted U.S. shipments of the product and tested bottles of the solution but didn't find any contamination.

State health officials said anyone who has used the solution and is having eye problems to see a doctor immediately. Bottles of the solution should be discarded.