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Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has posted this consumer recall alert:

30 August 2011

Specific packs of Avaira Toric contact lenses are being recalled by CooperVision Australia Pty Ltd after the company received complaints of temporary hazy or blurry vision and discomfort from wearers. This recall is part of a global voluntary recall of specific lots.

Laboratory tests have found that these symptoms were caused by a small amount of residue on the lenses. In all reported cases the symptoms were temporary and reversed after the contact lenses were removed. There have been no reported cases of permanent eye damage.

Australia’s eye care practitioners have been notified directly of the recall.

The TGA offers the following additional advice for consumers who may be using Avaira® Toric contact lenses:

  • Discontinue use of Avaira Toric contact lenses until you have checked the lot number.
  • Check whether or not the lot number of your product is included in the recall. This can be done by:
    • viewing the recall notice on the CooperVision website
    • contacting the CooperVision customer service line on 1800 722 310
    • contacting your eye care practitioner.
  • If your product is included in the recall, return it to your place of purchase for a replacement or a refund.
  • If you have experienced blurry vision or discomfort while wearing these contact lenses, and the symptoms have not resolved within two hours of removing the lenses, contact your eye care practitioner for further advice.
The recalled Avaira® Toric contact lenses were distributed nationally through eye care practitioners/facilities.