October 12, 2011: CooperVision has stepped up its efforts to recall more than 500,000 Avaira Toric contact lenses under pressure from federal health regulators. The company announced it second recall announcement after reports of torn corneas, blurred vision and other eye problems. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration said Tuesday that a larger effort was needed to alert consumers to the defective contact lenses.
Coopervision Avaira Toric contact lens users that have suffered a torn cornea, excruciating eye pain or other vision problems may be the victims of defective contact lenses. CooperVision has quietly recalled some Avaira Toric contact lenses in the U.S. in August 2011, because of an unidentified “residue.” However, consumers were never publicly warned of the CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lens recall. Critics say that CooperVision has downplayed the recall in the U.S., exposing users of the lenses to a serious risk of eye injury.
The defective medical device lawyers at Parker Waichman LLP are investigating the CooperVision contact lens recall, and are offering free lawsuit evaluations to victims of defective Avaira Toric contact lenses. If you suffered a torn cornea, impaired vision, or have had excruciating pain after using these contact lenses, it is vital that you contact our CooperVision contact lens recall lawyers today in order to protect your legal rights.
CooperVision Avaira Toric Contact Lens Recall
CooperVision initiated a voluntary U.S. recall of what the company called “a limited number of lots” of the Avaira Toric contact lenses on August 19, 2011, amounting to approximately 10% of the Avaaira Toric lenses sold or issued as samples in the past year and on Augus5, 2011, CooperVision notified the FDA of the recall. The recalled contacts were sold at various retailers, including Costco, Wal-Mart and LensCrafters. According to a notice posted on the CooperVision website, the contact lens recall was initiated because of the unintended presence of a residue on certain lenses. The residue was identified after CooperVision investigated a “small number of complaints of temporary hazy vision,” the company said.
According to a report from MSNBC, problems reported by wearers of CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lenses went beyond hazy vision. At least a dozen consumers told MSNBC they suffered serious injuries due to the contact lenses, including:
- Torn corneas
- Corneal abrasion
- Blurry vision
- Impaired vision
- Excruciating eye pain
In many cases, victims only learned of the CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lens recall after they had been injured.According to MSNBC, CooperVision issued much wider recalls in Hong Kong, Australia and in Spain. The Hong Kong notice recall indicates Avaira Toric lenses were also recalled in Canada, Germany, and Italy. Despite the widespread international recall of the Avaira Toric contact lenses, CooperVision has yet to issue a wider notification in the U.S. As reports of Avaira Toric contact lens injuries grew, officials at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) threatened to issue a public warning about the defective lenses. Unfortunately, the FDA only has the authority to seek, but not demand, a wider recall notification.
Need Legal Help Regarding Avaira Toric Contact Lens?
If you or a loved one sustained a serious eye injury from CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lenses, you have valuable legal rights. To learn how our CooperVision contact lens recall lawyers can help you, please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today.