In recent times, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled several eye drop products due to potential contamination and other issues, which can lead to severe infections and even vision loss. One of the products with the most significant impact on consumers is the EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, which has been linked to severe eye infections and even a death. In this blog post, we will discuss the EzriCare recall, symptoms of eye infections, expert advice on eye drop safety, and other recent recalls. If you have been affected by these recalls, the attorneys at Alonso Krangle are here to help you navigate the legal process and seek the compensation you deserve.
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EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops Recall
The FDA issued a warning on February 2nd, not to use EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops, distributed by EzriCare, LLC and DELSAM Pharma, due to potential bacterial contamination. The over-the-counter product was associated with severe eye infections in 55 patients, including one death. The infections were caused by a drug-resistant bacteria, Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Consumers are advised to stop using the EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops and return them to the place of purchase. The UC Davis Eye Center has not seen any cases linked to the EzriCare drops, but infections have been reported in 12 states, including California.
Using contaminated artificial tears can increase the risk of eye infections that could result in blindness or serious illness. It is crucial to be aware of the risks and symptoms of eye infections to protect your vision and overall health.
Symptoms of Eye Infections
Common symptoms of an eye infection include blurry vision, discharge, pain or discomfort, redness of the eyelid or eye, feeling like there is something in the eye, and increased sensitivity to light. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is essential to see an eye care professional as soon as possible. Prompt treatment can help prevent further complications and preserve your vision.
It is important to monitor your eye health regularly, especially if you are using eye drops or other eye care products. Being proactive about your eye care and staying informed about product recalls can help you avoid potential harm from contaminated or otherwise unsafe products.
If you suspect that you may have an eye infection or have been affected by the EzriCare recall, do not hesitate to seek medical attention and reach out to an experienced legal professional for guidance.
Expert Advice on Eye Drop Safety
Artificial tears, like those in the recalled EzriCare drops, are the mainstay treatment for dry eye disease. According to Jeffrey H. Ma, an ophthalmologist at the UC Davis Eye Center, artificial tears are safe when used correctly. However, it is essential to pay attention to recalls and follow proper safety guidelines to minimize the risk of infection.
Preservative-free drops come in disposable single-use vials. To ensure safety, do not touch the tip of the vial to your eyes or keep it for more than a day. Preservative-free drops are gentle on the eyes and can be used more frequently throughout the day. Additionally, make sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes or eye drops, and check the expiration date of the product.
As a patient, staying informed about product recalls and sharing this information with others can help prevent potential harm. For more information about drug recalls, visit the FDA website.
Other Eye Drop Recalls
Aside from the EzriCare Artificial Tears recall, there have been three other eye drop recalls due to various concerns. While these recalls have not been linked to severe infections like the EzriCare product, it is essential to stay informed about any potential risks associated with using these products.
Apotex Corp. initiated a voluntary recall for six lots of Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15% on March 1st, due to cracks in the caps. This prescription eye drop is used for patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. No infections have been associated with the product.
Pharmedica USA voluntarily recalled two lots of Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops on March 3rd. This over-the-counter product is being recalled due to non-sterility, and no reports of illness or infection have been linked to the product.
Furthermore, the FDA has also recalled Global Pharma Healthcare Artificial Eye Ointment due to possible bacterial contamination, with no infections associated with this over-the-counter product.
Contact the Alonso Krangle Law Firm for Assistance
If you have experienced an eye infection or other adverse effects due to the use of recalled eye drops, it is crucial to seek legal representation. The lawyers at Alonso Krangle are here to help you navigate the complex legal process, investigate the circumstances of your case, and pursue the compensation you deserve for any harm caused by these products.
Our team of experienced attorneys is dedicated to providing personalized and compassionate representation to those affected by these eye drop recalls. We understand the physical, emotional, and financial toll that these situations can take on individuals and their families, and we are committed to advocating for your rights and best interests throughout the legal process.
Contact the legal team at is today at (800) 403-6191 for a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case and learn more about how we can help you seek justice and recover the compensation you deserve.