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Eye Drop Recalls: Risks, Injuries, and How to Stay Safe

In recent months, there have been multiple recalls of eye products due to various safety concerns. EzriCare is one of the most recent, with severe infections and even one death. If you’ve been injured using EzriCare, contact us immediately at (800) 403-6191 to file a claim for your injuries.

Eye care is essential for maintaining good vision and overall eye health. However, using unsafe or contaminated products can lead to severe consequences, including eye infections, vision loss, and even death. In this article, we discuss the recent recalls, the symptoms of eye infections, expert advice on eye drop safety, and the importance of staying informed about product recalls. If you or a loved one have experienced issues related to any of these recalled products, contact Alonso Krangle for assistance.

Recent Product Recalls and Reasons

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled several eye drop products recently, including:

EzriCare Artificial Tears Lubricant Eye Drops were recalled due to potential bacterial contamination, specifically by the drug-resistant bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The over-the-counter product has been associated with severe eye infections in 55 patients, including one death. As a result, the FDA has advised consumers to stop using these eye drops immediately and return them to the place of purchase.

Apotex Corp. Brimonidine Tartrate Ophthalmic Solution, 0.15% has been voluntarily recalled for six lots due to cracks in the caps. This prescription eye drop is used for patients with open-angle glaucoma or ocular hypertension. Although no infections have been associated with this product, the potential lack of sterility due to the damaged caps is concerning.

Pharmedica USA Purely Soothing 15% MSM Drops were voluntarily recalled for two lots because of non-sterility. Although there have been no reported cases of illness or infection related to this over-the-counter product, using non-sterile eye drops can increase the risk of eye infections.

Additionally, the FDA has recalled Global Pharma Healthcare Artificial Eye Ointment due to possible bacterial contamination. No infections have been associated with this over-the-counter product thus far.

Symptoms of Eye Infections

Eye infections can result from using contaminated eye drops or not following proper eye care hygiene. Common symptoms of eye infections include:

  1. Blurry vision
  2. Discharge from the eye
  3. Pain or discomfort in the eye
  4. Redness of the eyelid or eye
  5. Feeling like there is something in the eye
  6. Increased sensitivity to light

If you experience any of these symptoms, it is crucial to seek medical advice from an eye care professional immediately. Timely intervention can help prevent complications such as vision loss or serious illness.

Expert Advice on Eye Drop Safety

UC Davis Health experts, including Gary D. Novack, a professor and clinical pharmacologist with decades of experience in ophthalmic product development, and Jeffrey H. Ma, an ophthalmologist specializing in ocular surface diseases, have provided valuable advice on eye drop safety.

First, if you are using any of the recalled products, it is essential to stop immediately. Using contaminated artificial tears can increase the risk of eye infections that may result in blindness or severe illness.

Second, artificial tears are the mainstay treatment for dry eye disease, one of the most common eye diseases. Although patients should pay attention to recalls, they do not need to stop using all eye drops, as they are safe when used correctly. Preservative-free eye drops, for example, come in disposable single-use vials. As long as people do not touch the tip of the vial to their eyes or keep it for more than a day, these drops are safe and effective for dry eye treatment.

Additionally, to prevent eye infections, make sure to wash your hands before touching your eyes or eye drops. Always check the expiration date of eye care products and do not use them beyond that date, as they may not be stable or sterile.

Staying Informed and Additional Resources

Staying informed about product recalls is essential to maintaining eye health and preventing potential complications. The FDA website is an excellent source of information on drug recalls. In case you think you may have an eye infection, contact your eye care provider immediately for advice and treatment options.

Moreover, sharing information about recalls with friends and family can help raise awareness and protect others from potential harm. It is crucial to stay vigilant and take necessary precautions when using eye care products to avoid potential risks.

Finally, if you have experienced an injury or infection related to recalled eye drop products, consider seeking legal assistance. The Alonso Krangle law firm can provide guidance and support for those injured by these eye drops.

Contact the Lawyers at Alonso Krangle, LLP for Assistance if You Have Been Injured by Contaminated Eye Drops

If you or a loved one have been affected by the use of any of the recalled eye drops mentioned in this article, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain, and suffering. The experienced attorneys at Alonso Krangle, LLP can help you navigate the legal process and fight for your rights.

Contact our attorneys today at (800) 403-6191 for a free consultation and learn how our team can support you in your pursuit of justice. Don’t wait – reach out to us now and let us help you protect your health and well-being.

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