Alcon recalled the micro-stents after preliminary data from the COMPASS-XT study found an increased risk of endothelial cell loss (ECL) among patients who were implanted with the stent during cataract surgery compared to patients who underwent cataract surgery alone.
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one suffered eye damage after undergoing cataract surgery with the Alcon CyPass microstent, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
What’s the problem?
The problems with the Alcon stent were not evident at the 2-year mark following the patients’ surgery, when COMPASS found similar ECL in the CyPass and cataract surgery-only groups. Based on these results, FDA approved the CyPass Micro-Stent for long-term IOP control in patients with mild-to-moderate primary open-angle glaucoma.
However, the recently completed COMPASS-XT study found a rise in ECL in the CyPass group. In a letter to physicians, Alcon’s chief medical officer, Stephen Lane, MD, said the damage is likely a result of the stent’s position within the angle. He noted that the ECL correlated with the number of retention rings noted on clinical examination with gonioscopy, particularly when 2 or more retention rings were visible.
“Based on this new information, we are advising surgeons to immediately cease further implants with the CyPass microstent and to return any unused devices to Alcon,” Lane wrote.
- Severe eye damage
- Long-term endothelial cell loss
- Cornea damage
- Vision loss
- Swelling of the eye
- Cloudy vision
- Eye pain
- Stent removal surgery
- Corneal transplant
I Was Implanted With an Alcon Stent. What Should I Do Now?
If you received a CyPass Micro-Stent, FDA recommends that you talk to your opthamologist ASAP. They will provide you with your options and help you decide what to do, FDA said.
Can I Participate in a Class Action?
Our lawyers have decided against filing a class action lawsuit over eye damage alleged from Alcon Cypass stents. It has been our experience that this type of medical device litigation is far better handled on an individual basis, which is why we are currently offering free case evaluations to individuals who believe they were harmed by an Alcon stent. Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights.
Do I have an Alcon CyPass Recall Lawsuit?
The Medical Device Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Alcon CyPass Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new stent eye injury cases in all 50 states.
Free Confidential Case Evaluation: Again, if you had eye damage after cataract surgery with the Alcon CyPass stent, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and we can help.