Clear Care’s manufacturer made minor label changes the product labeling in 2011, but Cohen said patients continue to report accidentally putting the caustic chemical in their eyes, causing severe pain and, in some cases, serious harm.
Ciba Vision and the FDA, however, believe that the updated labeling offers strong enough cautions, with FDA spokesperson Sarah Clark-Lyon saying, “We believed that these changes were adequate to communicate the warnings to the end users.”
The instructions on the bottle say that Clear Care cleaner should only be used with the company’s proprietary contact lens case, which contains a built-in platinum ring that neutralizes the caustic chemicals after about six hours.
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To warn others, CR ran a 2010 article about the incident, warning the public, “Don’t rinse your contact lenses with Clear Care because you’ll burn your cornea.”
And if you or someone you know does make that agonizing error, rinse the affected eye immediately with copious water or saline solution. If pain or burning persists, seek medical care.
The hundreds of reported injuries are also a powerful reminder that it’s crucial to carefully read the direction of any medical product—even if you’ve used it before, since warning labels can change.
That’s especially important if you borrow contact lens solution from a friend or relative, as was the case with a number of those who were injured by improper use of Clear Care, since eye care products that may look alike can have very different effects and warnings.