If you’re using EzriCare Artificial Tears, you need to know the Centers for Disease Control issued a recommendation on Jan. 20, 2023, that consumers stop using the product. The reason is that it could substantially increase the risk of an eye infection.
There’s a possibility that a manufacturer’s defect made the product dangerous. You may be eligible to file a defective product lawsuit if you’ve suffered harm after using EzriCare Artificial Tears. McEwen Law has some information on the EzriCare lawsuit, and how to determine if you might qualify to take legal action.
What are EzriCare Artificial Tears, and Who Uses Them?
EzriCare Artificial Tears are eye drops used to lubricate and moisturize dry eyes. Anyone who experiences symptoms of dry eyes, such as itching, burning and stinging can use them. But they’re especially beneficial for people who spend a lot of time in front of a computer or have certain medical conditions that cause dry eyes, such as Sjogren’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases. Artificial tears can be used as needed or regularly as an eye doctor recommends.
Artificial Tears Have Been Linked to an Eye Infection Outbreak
Consumers in several states allegedly developed severe infections after using EzriCare. Infections have affected at least 50 patients, and most of them reported using EzriCare before becoming infected.
The Pathogens Involved in the Outbreak
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a bacterium commonly found in the environment, including soil, water, and plants. It can also be found in specific medical settings, such as hospitals and clinics. In some cases, P. aeruginosa can cause infections in humans, particularly those with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions.
P. aeruginosa produces two dangerous pathogens, Verona integron‒encoded metallo-β-lactamase (VIM) and Guiana-Extended Spectrum-β-Lactamase (GES).
VIM and GES are β-lactamase enzymes produced by some strains of bacteria that confer resistance to β-lactam antibiotics, including carbapenems, the last line of defense against bacterial infections.
Why are These Pathogens so Hard to Treat?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is dangerous because it can cause a range of infections in humans, particularly in people with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions. These infections can range from mild skin infections to severe infections of the blood, lungs, and other organs – including the eyes.
Some strains of P. aeruginosa – such as those that produce VIM and GMS – have become resistant to certain antibiotics, making treatment more challenging and increasing the risk of complications and potentially fatal outcomes.
Signs and Symptoms of an Eye Infection
Signs and symptoms of an eye infection can vary depending on the type of infection, but some common symptoms include the following:
- Pain or discomfort
- Increased tearing or discharge
- Swelling or tenderness around the eye
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Itching or burning sensation in the eye
- A feeling like there is something in the eye
If you experience any of these symptoms, you must see an eye doctor as soon as possible. Prompt treatment can help prevent the spread of the infection and minimize potential damage to your vision.
It’s also important to avoid touching or rubbing your eyes, which can spread the infection and make symptoms worse. If you wear contact lenses, you should remove them and not wear them until your eye has fully healed.
Treatment Options for Eye Infections from Artificial Tears
Treatment will depend on the type and severity of the infection. Some common treatments include:
- Antibiotic eye drops or ointments
- Antiviral medications
- Corticosteroid eye drops to reduce swelling and inflammation
- Warm compresses to relieve pain and swelling
- Surgery to remove an infected object or to repair any damage to the eye
Damages You May be Able to Recover
If you have suffered an eye infection as a result of using artificial tears, you may be able to recover damages. The specific damages you may be able to recover will depend on the circumstances of your case, including the severity of the injury, the length of time it took to diagnose and treat the infection, and the impact the infection has had on your vision and overall quality of life.
Some of the damages that you may be able to recover include:
- Medical expenses – You may be able to recover the cost of medical treatment, including doctor’s visits, hospital stays, surgery, and prescription medications.
- Pain and suffering – You may be able to recover compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering you have endured as a result of the infection.
- Lost income – If you have missed work or lost income as a result of the infection, you may be able to recover those losses.
- Loss of enjoyment of life – If the infection has impacted your ability to engage in activities you previously enjoyed, you may be able to recover compensation for that loss.
It’s essential to remember that each case is unique, and the damages you may recover will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you understand your legal rights and options and can help you pursue the compensation you deserve.
Are You Qualified to File a Lawsuit Against EzriCare?
The qualifications for filing a lawsuit will depend on your jurisdiction’s specific laws and regulations. They’ll vary depending on the type of case and the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is being filed.
In general, to file a lawsuit, you must have “standing.” This means that you have suffered harm that is traceable to the defendant and that a court can redress. You must also file the lawsuit within the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies depending on the type of case and where you file from.
If you’re considering filing a lawsuit, it’s essential to consult with a lawyer who can help you understand your legal rights and options. They can help you determine whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit.
How Can a Defective Product Lawyer Help You?
Having an experienced defective product lawyer on your side can help you navigate the legal process and increase your chances of recovering the compensation you deserve. If artificial tears caused you harm or injury, consult with an attorney now.
McEwen Law Firm is a multigenerational defective drug and product liability law firm. We have been working to uphold the rights of everyday people across the country for over 30 years.