Contact Lens Recall: CooperVision Lenses Have Caused Torn Corneas
A contact lens recall has come under scrutiny by the FDA. The government agency is asking that the CooperVision recall be more widely announced after a "stealth recall."
The recall is for the company's Avaira Toric contact lenses. It affects around 600,000 packages.
This is the company's second recall announcement in the last few months. The company said the first time they issued the recall notification they targeted eye care professionals who sold the lenses.
But the FDA says the company needs to do more to alert consumers. In fact, some consumer watchdog groups have dubbed the company's actions a "stealth recall," according to MSNBC.
The lenses have a residue on it due to a manufacturing problem. Consumers who have used the lenses have cited symptoms including pain, red eye, and blurry vision. Some have even been hospitalized. Mellisa Cotton of Atlanta told MSNBC that she suffered from two corneal abrasions after wearing the recalled lenses.
CooperVision so far has said they are unaware that anybody has been permanently damaged as a result of the recalled lenses.
Though even if nobody was permanently injured, they could still be held liable. Product manufacturers can be held accountable for harm caused by their goods if they were defective in some way.
What should you do if you think you have a recalled Avaira Toric lens? Take precautions.
Check the CooperVision recall webpage and enter in the lot number to find out if your lenses are affected. The number can be found on your contact lens package. You can return recalled lenses to wherever you originally purchased them. CooperVision can be reached at their customer service line at 855-526-6737.
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