Contact lens recall lawsuit
Avaira contact lens recall expanded

CooperVision®, the manufacturer of Avaira contact lenses, issued a voluntary recall regarding nearly 780,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses on August 19th due to reported health consequences caused by the presence of silicone oil residue. Users of contaminated Avaira contact lenses say they experience symptoms such as blurry vision, haziness, eye pain, and discomfort as a result.

Due to the many complaints received by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a public warning was issued on October 13th urging users of Avaira contact lenses to return the potentially defective products and seek medical attention if symptoms arise.

CooperVision immediately posted a press release on its website regarding the recall. In their press release, the contact lens giant attempts to salvage its reputation with a statement from their Vice President of Global Regulatory affairs and Quality Assurance which stated “The health and safety of our customers is our top priority.”

Shortly after the initial recall which included nearly 780,000 contact lenses, a second recall was issued. This time, nearly 5 million contact lenses were affected including an extended line of the Avaira brand contacts, Avaira Sphere. A report by CBS News states that the FDA felt the initial recall by CooperVision was “too muted” and issued a firm press release on November 16th.

Avaira contact lenses initially were designed with the purpose of correcting nearsightedness and farsightedness in persons with astigmatism. Instead, due to silicone contamination, these contact lenses now are being identified as having adverse effects. 

As a method of having the entire contaminated product removed from the market and out of the hands of consumers, CooperVision has contacted all of their retailers and created an international recall website, launched November 16th, which allows anyone who has purchased the contact lenses to search their lot numbers to see if indeed their lenses are affected by the recall.

 

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