CooperVision has recalled Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contact lenses because the products were unintentionally contaminated with harmful silicon oil residue. Many people are contacting lawyers and seeking legal help after being injured by these products.
CooperVision Avaira Toric Contact Lens Recall Lawsuit
More than 5 million CooperVision contact lenses have been recalled
The most popular products are Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere. They are approved by the Food and Drug Administration to help people who have vision problems — specifically astigmatism, nearsightedness, and farsightedness. CooperVision is now notifying the FDA and the public that millions of these products were accidentally coated with silicon oil. Some people who have been harmed have experienced temporary eye pain, hazy vision, and blurry vision. More severe reactions include vision loss. Some people have needed medical treatment to alleviate serious reactions to the silicon residue.
As more and more people have come forward with complaints, CooperVision has continued to recall its products. The recall is one of the largest to ever affect contact lenses.
If you use CooperVision contact lenses and have experienced a vision problem, contact an emergency physician immediately.
Class 1 FDA Recall
Avaira Toric contact lenses subject to a Class 1 FDA Recall
What is a Class 1 FDA Recall? This type of recall is reserved for immediate, serious threats to the public. It is the highest level of recall that the FDA can issue. To give you an idea how serious this is, other examples of Class 1 recalls include defective artificial heart valves, food contaminated with deadly bacterial pathogens, and label mix-ups for medication.
What contacts are being recalled?
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.
The issues began in the summer of 2011, when consumers began to complain of serious eye problems after using the CooperVision products. In August 2011, the company began testing some of the products, and found that they had unintentionally been contaminated with a silicon oil residue, which was causing the injuries. CooperVision issued a small recall of Avaira Toric lenses and continued testing products. On November 16, 2011, the company announced that the recall was being expanded to include 600,000 products, and would include Avaira Sphere lenses as well. Unfortunately, the recall has continued to expand. Most recently, on December 7, 2011, the manufacturer announced that the recall now includes more than five million contact lens products.
The Clark Firm LLP will continue to update you if there are more product recalls
What should I do now?
- If you have Avaira Toric contact lenses, stop wearing them immediately.
- Put your defective contacts in a safe place. If you still have the box they came in, do not throw it away, because you will need to find the lot number that is printed on the box.
- If you have the lot number, go to the CooperVision website, where you can enter the lot number in a search box to find out if your contacts are part of the recall. Or call the Customer Care hotline at 1-855-526-6737. Even if your contacts are not being recalled now, they may be recalled in the future.
- Contact your eye-care doctor. Ask your optometrist to report your case to the FDA. The FDA uses this information to better protect and inform the public about dangerous medical devices. You can report your injury to the FDA 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 Avaira Toric 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?
Millions of people with astigmatism have been prescribed CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lenses. Astigmatism is an eye disease that causes blurry vision, up close and also far away. The problem is that the cornea (the clear tissue covering the front of the eye) is misshapen in such a way that the eye has difficulty focusing light. When astigmatism is severe, it causes persistent eye discomfort, headaches, and other symptoms.
What is Myopia and Hyperopia?
Millions of people use CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lenses for nearsightedness and farsightedness.
Myopia (commonly referred to as “nearsightedness”) is a vision problem where a person can clearly see things that are close, but things far away appear blurry. It occurs because the eye’s lens is shaped abnormally, and light that enters the eye is focused incorrectly. It frequently becomes worse with age, but corrective contacts (such as Avaira Toric contacts), glasses, and LASIK surgery are all treatment options.
Hyperopia (commonly referred to as “farsightedness”) is a vision problem that is very similar to myopia. It also occurs when the eye lens is shaped abnormally, and light is focused incorrectly inside the eye. For someone who is farsighted, objects appear clear at a distance, but blurry up close. Symptoms are treatable by using contact lenses or glasses.