Avaira Toric Contact Lens Recall

Toric contact lenses provide astigmatism sufferers with an effective alternative to glasses. Convenience, appearance, and easy of utilization are all benefits associated with contact lens usage. However, CooperVision’s recently instituted a world-wide recall of Avaira Toric Contact Lenses due to side effects such as hazy vision, pain, and eye damage suffered by lens wearers.

According to press releases issued by Cooper, a residue found on the toric lenses causes the eye problems. The world-wide recall involves lenses distributed to several countries including the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain, Hong Kong, Italy, and Germany.  Problems reported by toric lens wearers include severe eye pain, blurred vision, hazy vision, corneal damage and other vision associated problems.

According to an FDA informational page concerning the recall:

On August 19, 2011, the firm sent a recall notification letter to the US and Canadian distributors and health care practitioners. Other foreign distributors were sent the recall letter a week later.

Consumers should return their lenses to their eye care practitioner if they have the affected contact lenses. In addition, if a consumer who is wearing Avaira Toric contact lenses and experiences any symptoms, it is recommended that they stop wearing the lenses immediately and contact their eye care practitioner for advice.

If a consumer is wearing Avaira Toric contact lenses and is NOT experiencing symptoms, Cooper Vision recommends going to their recall web page at www.coopervision.com/recall and enter the lot number of their package to determine whether their lenses have been recalled. If the lenses are on the recall list, they should immediately remove their existing lenses, discontinue all lens wear, and return them to their eye care practitioner or point of purchase.

If you have experienced symptoms as a result of these contacts, check with your doctor immediately. If you are uncertain if your contacts were part of this recall, visit the CooperVision website for additional information.