CooperVision Expands Avaira Contact Lens Recall
CooperVision Inc. is recalling 5 million Avaira Sphere contact lenses, citing the potential for serious negative side effects from using the product.
In August, CooperVision recalled 780,000 Avaira Toric lenses after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration received dozens of consumer complaints that the lenses caused eye pain and vision problems. In October, the FDA issued a Class I warning about the Avaira product line. Class I warnings are the most serious type of warning, usually indicating that a particular product may cause side effects resulting in adverse health conditions or even death.
The FDA’s warning has since prompted CooperVision to initiate an additional recall of the Avaira sphere lenses. According to a statement issued by the company, the problem appears to stem from the levels of silicone oil residue left on the lenses during the manufacturing process. The lenses included in the recall were manufactured between November 1, 2010 and August 3, 2011.
To date, the FDA has received at least 40 consumer complaints citing a wide range of side effects, including blurred vision, severe eye pain, torn corneas and vision loss. Consumer watchdog groups have suggested that CooperVision did not make enough of an effort to inform consumers about the potential for serious side effects following the first Avaira recall.
The San Francisco-based company asserts that none of their other contact lens products have been affected and that consumers can continue to use them safely. The company is expected to spend up to $23 million on the Avaira recalls.
While CooperVision Inc. is taking action to prevent further injury to their customers, those who have already experienced adverse side effects as a result of using Avaira contact lenses may be wondering what rights they have. Their best course of action may be to consult with a San Francisco personal injury lawyer to discuss the possibility of a product liability claim.
Under California’s strict liability law, a manufacturer can be held liable for injuries caused by a defective product if it can be determined that:
- The product was defective and unreasonably dangerous
- The product was defective when it left the manufacturer
- The defect caused the injury to the person bringing the claim
Under these guidelines, those victims injured by defective Avaira contact lenses may be able to seek compensation for their medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.
If you’ve experienced eye pain, blurred or hazy vision, vision loss or other serious side effects after using Avaira Sphere or Avaira Toric lenses, you too need to speak with a San Francisco product liability attorney immediately. The Law offices of Nadrich & Cohen specializes in investigating defective product claims and helping injured victims get the compensation they need and deserve.
Contact our Injury Hotline now by calling 1-800-722-0765. Our expert team of product liability lawyers is standing by to discuss your case. Your initial claim evaluation is absolutely free and we charge no fee unless we collect a judgment on your behalf. Call us now to get the legal representation you need to win your San Francisco product liability injury case.