Within a year, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has had nine recalls including non prescription medicines such as Children’s Tylenol and other pain relievers and now contact lenses. The recent recalled product is 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses, which are the world’s first daily disposable contact lens. 1-dayAcuvue consists of a new breathable silicone hydrogel material – Narafilcon A. Before the contact lenses recall, J&J announced that they have decided to set up a Quality Control team to oversee manufacturing and compliance companywide. The recent recall further shows that J&J requires overhaul in their quality control standards.
1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses recalled
1-Day Acuvue TruEye are designed to be worn only once, and are then discarded – so users do not have to be concerned about soaking solutions or lens cases after use. The recalled contact lenses were manufactured in Ireland and distributed in Japan and other countries in Europe and Asia. None of them were shipped to the United States. The recall was announced in Japan on August 18 after receiving the complaints of abnormal pain, stinging, and irritation when the lenses were worn. J&J recalled 100,000 boxes of contact lenses, each box containing either 30 or 90 lenses.
J&J response over the recall
J&J told that “the risk of long-term health consequences is very unlikely” with this contact lens recall, as these has to be changed on daily basis. J&J confirmed that they have determined the cause of the problem...
which occurred during rinsing of lens. The manufacturing equipment have been examined and corrected. The affected lenses were not shipped and destroyed.
Anyone who has been using the 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses can check the lot number on their package and compare it with the affected lot numbers listed on the J&J website in each country.
Every year more than 70,000 children are hurt by medical devices, mainly due to contact lenses and admitted to emergency room. Contact lenses have also been linked with corneal ulcers. The American Optometric Association (AOA) provides some guidelines on optimal care to contact lens wearers.
- Always wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses
- Clean your contact lenses regularly with the lotion, as advised by your doctor
- Only use lens cleaning products that have been recommended by your doctor
- Do not re-use old solution
- Follow the recommended contact lens replacement schedule your doctor gives you
- Have your eyes checked regularly, regardless of the type of contact lenses you wear