CooperVision, a worldwide leader in the vision-care industry, has been the subject of recent controversy after several of their products were unintentionally adulterated during the developmental process. Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contact lenses, consisting of approximately five million units, have recently been recalled due to the unintended presence of silicone oil residue. According to officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the introduction of silicone oil residue to the eyes may be responsible for an increased risk of blurred vision, discomfort and eye injuries that require medical attention.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the products involved in the recent CooperVision contact lens recall, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free confidential case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.
CooperVision Contact Lens Recall Lawsuit Overview
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of contact lenses, CooperVision Inc. has established themselves as one of the industries most prestigious distributes of high-quality lenses. Their network of facilities, consisting of five continents and 12 countries, has provided consumers across the world with revolutionary and innovative products intended to significantly improve vision. In accordance with the latest technology, CooperVision released Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contact lenses to assist in the treatment of several vision impairments.
As a part of the Avaira family of CooperVision lenses, Toric and Sphere contacts are the only naturally wettable two-week silicone hydrogel contact lenses on the U.S. market. Made from a unique material that attracts and binds water to the lens, CooperVison contact lenses stay moist and comfortable without surface treatments or wetting agents.
While CooperVision contact lenses demonstrate a propensity to assist in the treatment of several visual impairments, their products are specifically tailored to individual needs. CooperVision Avaira Sphere contact lenses are used in the correction of myopia, astigmatism or hyperopia in aphakic and non-aphakic persons with non-diseased eyes. Subsequently, CooperVision Avaira Toric contact lenses provide wearers with unparalleled visual performance while correcting astigmatism.
Unfortunately, FDA testing revealed inadequacies in the developmental process of several product lots. FDA officials found that specific lots of CooperVision contact lenses had been contaminated with silicone oil residue while still in the process of being manufactured. Subsequently, the contact lens manufacturer, in association with the FDA, was forced to initiate a worldwide CooperVision contact lens recall because of the dangerous complications that may ensue.
The FDA recall was issued on October 14, after it was discovered that silicone oil may cause symptoms that range from hazy, blurry vision, discomfort in the eye and injuries requiring medical treatment. Subsequently, the FDA was forced to raise the CooperVision contact lens recall to a Class 1 medical device recall after learning of the dangers associated with silicone oil residue. Class 1 recalls suggest that there is a reasonable probability that the use of these products will cause serious adverse health consequences. Due to these adverse events, patients may contact a lawyer at The Senators (Ret.) Firm, LLP for a free case evaluation regarding their potential CooperVision contact lens recall lawsuit.
Affected CooperVision Contact Lenses
The following products were included in the recent CooperVision contact lens recall:
- CooperVision Avaira Sphere Contact Lenses that were manufactured from February 1, 2011 through August 24, 2011. Subsequently, these contaminated lenses were distributed between March 2 and November 15.
- CooperVision Avaira Toric Contact Lenses that were manufactured from November 1, 2010 through August 3, 2011.
The lenses come in packages of six and are used for the correction of nearsightedness or farsightedness with astigmatism in persons who may or may not have had the natural lens of the eye removed. It is estimated that approximately 5 million lenses were distributed within the designated periods.
CooperVision Contact Lens Injuries
The following is a comprehensive list of the injuries that have been associated with the use of contaminated CooperVision contact lenses:
Severe eye pain
Loss of vision
Do I Have a CooperVision Contact Lens Recall Lawsuit?
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Again, if you or a loved one has been injured by products involved in the recent CooperVision contact lens recall, you should contact our lawyers immediately by clicking the link below or calling toll free 1-(949) 557-5800. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and we can help.