THE Singapore arm of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has recalled more than 900 boxes of daily disposable contact lenses following complaints of eye irritation and discomfort from wearers in Japan.
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA), overseeing the recall of the 1-Day Acuvue TruEye lenses, said yesterday that Japanese wearers had complained of stinging or pain upon inserting the lenses.
It added that the recall in Singapore began on Thursday, and is expected to be completed by next week.
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has said long-term health consequences arising from the symptoms are unlikely.
Investigations it conducted revealedthat a snag in the lens rinsing process on one of the manufacturing lines led to some of the lenses not being properly rinsed. The incident is isolated, it said.
No one here has complained about the lenses so far.
HSA has directed the company to stop supplying the affected lenses, and to advise retailers to stop selling them immediately.
The affected batches, manufactured in Ireland, are
4922380103, 4922510105, 4922520201, 4922540103,
4922540105, 4922801103, 4922821200, 4922860803,
4922861008, 4922861107, 4922870109, 4922880504 and 4922881006.
The numbers can be found on the side of the box, or on the individual lens packs.
HSA advised members of the public to stop using lenses from these affected batches. It also advised consumers to contact Johnson & Johnson Vision Care if they bought this particular type of lenses overseas, as some affected batches were not supplied here.
Also, they should consult a doctor if they experience symptoms of eye irritation or feel unwell after using the affected batches.
Customers may contact Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Singapore on 1800-223-3113 between 8am and 11pm daily, e-mail askacuvueSG@its.jnj.com, or visit its website at www.acuvue.com.sg.
They may also visit their optometrist or an optical outlet for details on returning the affected lenses.
HSA said it will monitor the situation.