CooperVision is now recalling its Avaira Toric brand contact lenses because they were manufactured and distributed with unintended silicone residue. This harmful adulteration has led to serious side effects including eye pain, blurring, haziness of vision, and even total vision loss. The CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lens recall has been classified by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) as a Class I Recall, which means that using the product can potentially lead to severe side effects and complications.
What’s the problem?
In August 2011, CooperVision initiated a nationwide recall of a limited number of lots of its Avaira Toric brand contact lenses. The products involved in this initial recall were sold at various retailers including Costco, Wal-Mart and LensCrafters. According to a notice posted on the company’s website, the recall was initiated because of a problem with the manufacturing process that led to the unintended presence of residue on the contact lenses. The issue was identified after a “… small number of complaints of temporary hazy vision” were reported to the company.
Then on October 13, 2011, the FDA issued a press release announcing that CooperVision had extended its recall of Avaira Toric contact lenses because the company had received a number of additional complaints of severe eye pain since the original recall was initiated. The expanded recall was reportedly initiated because consumers were never publicly warned of the original recall. Critics say CooperVision downplayed the recall in the U.S., exposing users of the lenses to risks for serious eye injuries. To date, the recall involves approximately 600,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses sold in the United States.
As a condition of the recall, CooperVision notified its customers and asked that eye care practitioners contact their patients with information about the recall. Because the contact lenses in question were sold through various retailers and eye care practitioners, communication efforts have been primarily focused through these channels. Click here to learn more about the FDA Class I CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lens recall.
CooperVision Avaira Toric Contact Lens Side Effects
According to reports, many side effects reported by wearers of CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lenses were much more severe than mere hazy vision. Dozens of users have allegedly suffered serious injuries due to the contact lenses, including:
- torn corneas
- corneal abrasion
- blurry vision
- impaired vision
- severe eye pain
- loss of vision
It is important to note that not all users will experience the same symptoms. If you have experienced any of these side effects, you should discontinue wearing the contact lenses and contact your eye care provider immediately. Keep all contact lenses, including packaging and boxes, in a safe place. Do not return the contacts to the retailer or your eye care professional, because your individual contact lenses are the best proof of the cause of your injuries.
The lenses affected by this recall were manufactured between November 1, 2010 and August 3, 2011. The original recall only included limited lots of Avaira Toric contact lenses, but has since been expanded to include both Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere brand contact lenses.
CooperVision has admitted that a problem in the manufacturing process led to the presence of silicone residue on the contact lenses. But after identifying the source of the problem, the company failed to warn consumers about the dangers of continuing to wear their contact lenses and neglected to notify wearers that they may have already been exposed to the residue. The Product Liability Lawyers at Schmidt & Clark, LLP are currently investigating potential lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured by CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lens side effects.