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News Warning - 5 million contact lenses recalled by FDA

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued it's highest recall notice, a Class 1, for CooperVision's Avaira Toric and Avaira Sphere contact lenses. Forty reports of problems to the FDA have been made regarding the contacts. The problems have ranged from severe pain and hazy vision to torn corneas. CooperVision reports that a silicone oil residue on the lenses is the culprit behind the problems that lens wearers are experiencing. Initially, the recall only involved the Avaira Toric lenses but the recall has now been expanded to include the Avaira Sphere since these lenses use silicone oil in the production process as well. Costco, Wal-Mart and LensCrafters all sell the CooperVision Avaira Toric and Sphere contacts. You may find out if your contacts are a part of the recall by visiting the CooperVision website and entering the lot number that is on your contact lens package. You can also contact CooperVision by calling 1-855-526-6737. Elise Ervin Staff Writer

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