J&J Contact Lens Recall Serves as Safety Warning


Johnson and Johnson (J&J) has issued a voluntary recall of its 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses that were distributed in Japan and two dozen other countries in Europe and Asia. The recalled contact lenses were manufactured in Ireland, and none of them were shipped to the United States.

Complaints about the recalled lenses include abnormal pain, stinging, and irritation when the lenses are inserted. J&J announced that it discovered a malfunction in the lens rinsing procedure that occurred during a specific time on a particular manufacturing line. The problem has been resolved and some of the affected lenses have been destroyed.

Contact lens safety in light of Johnson & Johnson recall

Although the contact lens recall does not affect individuals in the United States and many other places around the world, it does serve as a reminder that contact lenses are considered medical devices and are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Therefore individuals who use contact lenses should see their doctor regularly to make sure they are using their lenses safely and are not doing anything that may have a negative impact on their vision.

Proper handling and cleaning of contact lenses is extremely important, yet many wearers become lax about their care after they have been wearing the lenses for a while. In fact, injuries associated with contact lenses and other medical devices send more than 70,000 children and teens to emergency rooms each year. The American Optometric Association (AOA) offers contact lens wearers some guidelines on optimal care.

  • Wash and dry your hands before touching your contact lenses
  • Clean your contact lenses regularly, as instructed by your eye doctor.
  • Only use lens cleaning products that have been recommended by your doctor. Saline solution and rewetting drops are not made to disinfect contact lenses.
  • 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


Contact Lens Recall

The recall began in Japan on August 18. According to J&J Vision Care Inc. spokesperson Gary Esterow, about 100,000 boxes of contact lenses were involved, with each box containing either 30 or 90 lenses each. Esterow made his statements to The Associated Press.

The 1-Day Acuvue TruEye lenses are designed to be worn once and then thrown away. This means users do not have to worry about soaking solution or lens cases.

Esterow noted that “the risk of long-term health consequences is very unlikely” with this contact lens recall. Anyone who believes they may have purchased affected lenses can check the lot number on their package and compare it with the affected lot numbers listed on the J&J web sites in each country.

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