Employees tidy up the glasses on shelves at a
opitcal store in Shanghai. Problems with contact solution production have
caused some customers to lose confidence in contact lens solution and opt
to wear glasses instead.[photo:cnsphoto]
The US-based Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (AMO) made an announcement
Wednesday that it will recall some of its contact lens solution made in China
after a recent quality check for products slated for the Japanese market
revealed they were not up to the asepsis standard, according to a statement
posted on the company website on November 22.
Some batches of Complete Multi-Purpose Solution, Complete Blink-N-Clean and
KKR (Kristal Klean Rinse) Multi-Purpose Solution were recalled, the company said
in the statement.The company advised customers to stop using the solution while
it works out its sanitation issues.
The AMO has suspended its two
product lines in Hangzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province that supplied the
products for the American, Japanese and Asian-Pacific markets from June 17 to
October 31, 2006. Its Chinese factories will be cleansed and disinfected within
several weeks, according to the company's website.
The AMO sincerely
apologized to customers and pledged to work closely with the related supervisory
organizations on recall issues and produce detailed arrangements for the
recalled products within one week.
Series of the AMO 'Complete' contact
lens cleaning solutions
A full list of the substandard solutions is attached to the company's website
Customers will soon be able to ask for refunds or exchanges. .
Frequent similar cases of problems with contact solution production have
caused some customers to lose confidence in contact lens solution and opt to
wear glasses instead, Chinanews.com reported Thursday.
Most of the defective products have been pulled off the shelves from the
optical stores in China, the report said.
The contaminated solution can cause severe optical damage, including red eye,
swollen eye, eye pain, watering and visual impairment, according to an
eastday.com article that quoted information from the American Food and Drug
"We believe the problems were caused by micro organisms in the water," AMO
Asian-Pacific Region legal affairs department senior director Shi Yiru said
during an interview with Sohu.com on Thursday.
"We remain committed to delivering high-quality lens care products and will
take all necessary measures to remedy this production-line issue," the Shanghai
Daily quoted Anthony Chung, vice president of AMO Eye Care, Asia
Pacific, as saying in a statement yesterday. "Moreover, we want to
assure our customers that this is not related to our formulations, which have
been used safely by millions of contact lens wearers."
AMO said profit and revenue this year and next will be lower than expected
after inventory reductions and costs to recall stock and sanitize the plant,
Bloomberg News reported.
This is not an
isolated case in China. Nearly 80 Chinese citizens who claim they suffered from
eye infections caused by a contact lens solution made by Bausch & Lomb
planned to sue the company in the United States this July. They claim to have
contracted fungal keratitis, which can lead to blindness, after using ReNu
MoistureLoc multi purpose solution.
Hydron multi-purpose contact lens solution, a famous brand in China, was also
found to be defective this September. The Hydron Contact Lens Solution Co Ltd
then claimed there were no quality problems with its products after