CooperVision Avaira Contact Lens Lawsuit & Lawyer
ARE YOU ELIGIBLE FOR AN AVAIRA CONTACT LENS LAWSUIT?
There have been a number of common allegations made by victims of problems suffered from wearing recalled CooperVision Avaira contact lenses, including those who were forced to seek emergency room treatment. Ask yourself if any of these questions apply to you:
- Do you, or have you worn Avaira Toric or Avaira Sphere contact lenses?
- As a result of wearing these lenses have you experienced eye discomfort or pain or blindness?
- As a result of wearing these lenses do you suffer from blurry or distorted vision?
- Have you been forced to undergo medical treatment for eye damage?
If the answer to those questions is yes, then you may be eligible to file an Avaira lawsuit. In addition, there may be other side effects suffered from the use of these lenses that also could be grounds for legal action. The best way to find out is to contact our attorneys for a free consultation about the legal options that may be available to you. These options may vary, according to the specific details in each individual case.
Avaira lawsuits that have already been filed include allegations that patients suffered blurry vision, eye pains, torn corneas and other conditions that could possibly lead to blindness. These victims are seeking damages for the pain and suffering that they have encountered as a result of defective lenses and expenses for medical treatment, loss of wages and other costs they have suffered. Many patients have taken advantage of the free consultation these lawyers are offering and the fact that there are no legal expenses unless a settlement or jury award is won on their behalf.
The problems with the Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contacts appear so widespread and numerous that it is possible that such lawsuits could be consolidated in what is called a multi-district litigation that could lead to a class-action status. Such legal developments are not uncommon in large drug defect and defective medical device product cases in which a large number of victims pursue common allegations against single defendant. In many cases millions of dollars in damages are paid out in settlements and jury awards in these cases.
We have a dedicated legal team with lawyers who are experienced and aggressive in pursuing justice in these types of cases and we welcome you to take advantage of our offer of a free consultation about your case. In some states there are time limitations on the filing of such a lawsuit so it is very important that you contact us immediately so we can evaluate the merits of your case and determine whether it falls within these time limits. Keep in mind that the earlier we can begin working on your case the sooner the possibility of moving forward with it.
WHY DID THE FDA ISSUE A CLASS 1 RECALL OF AVAIRA CONTACT LENSES?
The FDA is the government agency that approves and regulates medications and medical devices to ensure that they are safe and reliable. The agency continually updates the status of products that it has approved and issues alerts, warnings and recall notices when problems develop. A Class 1 recall of a product is the most serious type of recall, issued in cases in which serious or life-threatening health problems may arise. In most cases, drug or medical device manufacturers cooperate fully with the FDA out of concern for public safety and corporate integrity.
In the case of the Avaira lenses, there seems to have been some sort of tug-of-war between CooperVision and the FDA, according to a report by CBS News. The news agency reported that after first reports to the FDA about the eye problems caused by the lenses the company recalled nearly 780,000 Avaira Toric lenses. “But the FDA felt that recall was too muted, and last month, the agency issued its own urgent warning about Avaira lenses and pressure CooperVision to step up its efforts to alert the public,” according the report. The recall has now been expanded to include nearly 8 million lenses.
"The Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday a larger effort was needed to alert consumers to the defective products, which contain a residue caused by a manufacturing problem. FDA spokeswoman Morgan Liscinsky said late Wednesday the agency is reviewing CooperVision's latest announcement to see if it addresses the agency's concerns. ‘Failing resolution of those concerns, the FDA may issue a separate public communication,’ Liscinsky said in an emailed statement. The increasingly public back-and-forth between Pleasanton, Calif., CooperVision and the FDA underscores the government's limited authority to dictate the handling of recalls."
As part of its agreement with the FDA in the recall, CooperVision agreed to:
- Send worldwide recall notifications to patients
- Issue press releases about the recalls
- Provide information about the recall on its web site
- Offer a toll-free consumer hot line
- Provide retailers and distributors access to patient communication materials
- Provide support and detailed information to eye care practitioners to remove recalled lots of lenses from the marketplace
- Offer customer care resources
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF AVAIRA CONTACT LENS PROBLEMS?
According to CooperVision and the FDA, these are some of the symptoms – some of which have required surgeries -- that have been reported in connection with Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contact lenses:
- Eye discomfort
- Eye pain
- Ill-fitting lenses
- Blurry vision
- Corneal abrasions
- Corneal tears
What is interesting from a legal standpoint is that CooperVision has set up a web site on which they provide details of the recall as well as an admission that "Some patients reported severe eye pain or eye injuries requiring medical treatment." While the site downplays the scope of the problem, news reports detail figures of over 8 million Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contact lenses being recalled because of a high level of silicone oil left on the lenses during the manufacturing process.