An intraocular lens is a lens which is implanted inside a patient’s eye. The purpose of this lens is to replace the eye’s natural lens, when it is removed during cataract surgery. The purpose of implanting an intraocular lens is to improve the patient’s vision. Patients can have intraocular lenses implanted into one eye or both eyes.
Lens replacement procedures can be used for a wide variety of conditions, including cataracts, long and short sightedness, age related macular degeneration and for many other conditions.
Oculentis is a company which manufacture and supply intraocular lenses.
In 2017, they issued an urgent Field Safety Notice, recalling Lentis Foldable Intraocular Lenses.
The reason for this recall is that Oculentis had received notifications about late post-operative opacification, which was compromising the optical transparency of the implanted lens.
Unfortunately, this was leading to a slow reduction in the patient’s visual acuity.
What does this mean?
This means that patients who received the lens were continuing to suffer difficulties with their vision and were not noticing improvements. Sometimes, the patient’s vision had actually deteriorated.
There may, of course, be many reasons why a patient’s vision would deteriorate. However, because of concerns in relation to the lenses, Oculentis decided to recall all products, in order to prevent any potential risks for patients.
We are investigating these cases on behalf of patients who think they may have been affected. The product recall issued by Oculentis applies to all Lentis Foldable Intraocular Lenses with model numbers starting L-, LU- and LS- and with products having an expiry date between January 2017 and May 2020.
It is very unlikely patients will know what the model number is for their lens, or the expiry date.
Therefore, we encourage anybody who thinks they may have been affected in relation to any lens difficulty, to contact us to discuss what your options are.
We would be very happy to speak to you, even if you are not sure if you have received an Oculentis lens or not.
We would be happy to talk through your enquiry with you and to consider what options are open to you and answer any questions you may have.
For your information, please find a copy of the urgent Field Safety Notice from Oculentis, below:-