Recalled Contacts May Cause Torn Corneas


A brand of contact lenses that were “quietly” recalled in August may be causing vision problems from blurry vision to torn corneas, according to MSNBC. 

Federal health officials are considering issuing a public warning about Avaira Toric contact lenses, which are made by CooperVision Inc. and sold at Wal-Mart, LensCrafters and Costco.

“Absent prompt and adequate communication by CooperVision, the FDA may independently share its concerns about Avaira Toric contact lenses,” FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said in an e-mail.

That would be probably be wise, since as far as the FDA’s website is concerned – the recall still doesn’t exist. As of today (October 11), there is still nothing listed under “All Recalls” for either CooperVision or Avaira Toric. 

According to a statement on the CooperVision website, the company issued a voluntary recall on “limited lots” of the lenses because of “the unintended presence of a residue on certain lenses” on August 19th. However, they did not provide a full list of retailers or a complete list of the affected lots.

Are you using Avaira Toric lenses? If so, consult your optometrist as soon as possible to make sure you aren’t at risk!



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