Last month, CooperVision recalled over 750,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses because a silicon oil residue left on the lenses could cause eye injuries. Yesterday, CooperVision extended their previous Avaira recall to include Avaira Sphere lenses. Avaira Toric lenses are only worn by people with astigmatism, and Avaira Sphere lenses are generally worn by people who don’t have astigmatism.
This recent expansion of CooperVision’s previous recall of Avaira Toric Contact Lenses affects 6.6 million contact lenses which may cause side effects such as hazy vision, pain, and eye damage. CBS News reports that the FDA thought CooperVision’s recall didn’t go far enough, and that’s why the FDA has issued “its own urgent warning about Avaira lenses”.
According-+ to the FDA, levels of a silicon oil residue found on the surface of contact lenses causes these 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 Avaira contact 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:
If you wear Avaira Sphere contact lenses and experience any symptoms, CooperVision recommends that you stop wearing the lenses immediately. Contact your eye care practitioner for advice. CooperVision will launch a recall site on Wednesday November 16th for wearers to enter the package lot number found on the contact lens carton or blister label to determine if their lenses have been recalled.
If you have experienced symptoms as a result of these contacts, check with your eye care practitioner immediately. The FDA requests that you report any problems or symptoms via their MedWatch Reporting program.
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