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    What you need to know about the Peroxiclear recall

    Stick to your usual prescribing habits is the advice given by contact lens experts in the wake of the recent recall of peroxide lens care system Peroxiclear from Bausch + Lomb.

    The company voluntarily withdrew Peroxiclear from the market under a proposed Class II recall (See “FDA product recalls” below) and requests retailers, wholesalers, and eyecare practitioners (ECPs) to return the product.

    Chris Marschall, vice president of eye care marketing at Bausch + Lomb, says the company will take back at its expense Peroxiclear samples ECPs may have in inventory; however, it is not requesting product back from patients.

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    “We are recommending that ECPs counsel their patients in the way that they deem most appropriate,” he says. “They know what their patients need. We recommend that if their patients require peroxide disinfection, they move patients into another peroxide system on the market.”

    Marschall says the company plans to bring Peroxiclear back to the market as soon as possible; however, no date has been set and the return will likely not happen in the next six months.

    Says Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member Crystal Brimer, OD, FAAO: “We have all had patients come into the office after misusing a peroxide solution at full concentration and, in my experience, their discomfort resolves and there is no permanent damage. This is an unfortunate event for Bausch + Lomb, and perhaps a sign that there always needed to be more longevity to its neutralization disc, but it does not mean Peroxiclear is a bad product.”

    Related: 6 contact lens wear and care habits for patients and ODs

    Advice from the experts

    ECPs have several choices for their Peroxiclear-using patients, from other peroxide solutions to multipurpose solutions or even refitting patients into daily disposable contact lenses to reduce the need for lens care.

    Related: 5 lens care tips for traveling patients

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