The manufacturer of Avaira Toric contact lenses has recently discovered that the products were contaminated with dangerous silicon oil residue, and some people have experienced serious vision problems requiring medical attention. Many injured consumers are now seeking legal help.
CooperVision Avaira Sphere Contact Lens Recall Lawsuit
CooperVision’s Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere products are FDA-approved to treat the symptoms of vision issues such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism. Millions of people use these contact lenses, and are affected by one of the biggest contact lens recalls in history. CooperVision is warning the public and notifying the FDA that their contacts may be contaminated with harmful silicon oil residue.
Users may experience temporary eye pain, hazy vision, and blurry vision. Everyone experiences symptoms differently, however, and some users have reported more severe symptoms, including vision loss. These users required immediate medical treatment. If you experience any vision problems after using these products, seek medical attention immediately.
More and more people have come forward with complains in recent months. CooperVision has also discovered that far more products were contaminated than previously thought — the recall has expanded from a few thousand lenses to more than five million.
Class 1 FDA Recall
Avaira Sphere and Avaira Toric contact lenses are under Class 1 FDA Recall Notice
What is a Class 1 FDA Recall? It is the highest, most serious level of recall that the Food and Drug Administration can issue. The FDA reserves this level for products that place consumers in immediate danger of serious harm. For example, other instances where a Class 1 recall is appropriate are malfunctioning artificial heart valves, bacterial contamination of food products, and label mix-ups on prescription medications.
Are my contact lenses included in the recall?
The recall includes CooperVision Avaira Sphere and Avaira Toric lenses manufactured from February 1, 2011 through August 24, 2011. Consumers could have purchased these products between March 2, 2011 and November 15, 2011.
History of the Recall
- Sometime in August 2011, CooperVision became aware that several users had experienced serious side-effects. The company investigated the cause of these complaints, and discovered that some contact lenses were accidentally coated with dangerous silicon oil residue. The company issued a small recall of Avaira Toric contact lenses.
- The company continued to test lenses. On November 16, 2011, CooperVision expanded the recall to more than 600,000 products — including Avaira Sphere in addition to Avaira Toric contacts.
- More people continued to come forward after suffering vision problems. On December 7, 2011, CooperVision expanded the recall again — it currently includes at least five million products.
- The Clark Firm LLP will continue to update this if there are further expansions to the recall.
What should I do?
- Stop wearing CooperVision Avaira Toric and Sphere contact lenses.
- Do not get rid of your contact lenses or the box they came in! Keep them in a safe place. You will need the lot number printed on the package to find out if you have contacts included in the recall.
- On the CooperVision website, find the lot number search box. You can enter your lot number to find out if your contacts are being recalled. Or call the CooperVision Customer Care hotline at 1-855-526-6737. If your contact lenses are not being recalled now, they may be recalled in the future.
- Call your optometrist. Tell your doctor to report your case to the FDA. Your information will help the FDA better protect and inform the public about dangerous medical devices. You can call the FDA to report your injury at 1-800-332-1088.
- Contact a lawyer at the Clark Firm, LLP. We offer a comprehensive, free case consultation for people who have been harmed by defective CooperVision contact lenses. Use the form below. If you prefer, you may also call us directly at 1-866-920-0753. You could be entitled to compensation.
What is Astigmatism?
CooperVision Avaira Sphere contact lenses have been prescribed to millions of people for the treatment of astigmatism, a vision problem where people have blurry vision, both near and far. Astigmatism occurs when the cornea (the clear tissue covering the front of the eye) is shaped abnormally, in a way that makes it difficult to focus light. Serious cases of astigmatism cause persistent eye discomfort, headaches, and other symptoms.
What is nearsightedness and farsightedness?
CooperVision Avaira Sphere contact lenses have also been prescribed to millions of people with nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Myopia (also known as “nearsightedness”) is a condition where a person has clear vision up close, but blurry vision far away. Vision problems happen when light that enters the eye is focused incorrectly by the lens. Nearsightedness frequently becomes more severe as a person gets older, but the symptoms are treatable with corrective contact lenses, glasses, and LASIK surgery.
Hyperopia (also known as “farsightedness”) is a vision problem that occurs when light is focused incorrectly inside the eye. In someone who is farsighted, the person can see things clearly at a distance, but not up close. Similar to nearsightedness, symptoms are treatable by using contact lenses or glasses.