By: Antonio Chirumbolo SUNY 2013
October 23rd 2011 – The FDA has raised the recall of CooperVision’s AVAIRA Toric Soft Contact Lenses to Class I as a result of silicone residue on the lenses that potentially can result in discomfort, eye injury, or blurred vision. The original recall of the lenses was issued on August 19th when patients were reporting similar symptoms as described above.
Since that original recall, more patients have reported incidence of severe eye pain. The lenses cover an extensive range of parameters from -20.00 to +20.00 diopters with astigmatic correction from -0.25 to -10.00 diopters. The lenses involved in the recall were manufactured in the time period spanning November 1st, 2010 to August 3rd, 2011, and includes about 600,000 lenses. The FDA recommends that if any symptoms are experienced by patients wearing these lenses, to discontinue use and contact their primary eye-care practitioner for assistance. For those people not experiencing any symptoms, they can check CooperVision’s recall website www.coopervision.com/recall to inquire if their lenses are indeed part of the recall list, and if so, it is recommended to discontinue wear of the lenses, and to return the lenses to their eye-care professional or place of purchase.