If your vision has been made worse following cataract or lens replacement surgery a faulty Oculentis lens could be to blame.
Our panel of ophthalmic injury solicitors is assisting clients affected by faulty lenses manufactured by Oculentis, some of whom did not realise they had been fitted with a faulty lens until we investigated their claim.
There have been concerns about the safety of some of the lenses used in refractive lens exchange (RFE) procedures notably including some produced by German company Oculentis GmbH. The company indicated that there could have been a manufacturing problem with various types of lenses manufactured before 31st December 2011.
It has emerged that some people fitted with Oculentis lenses were experiencing 'opacification', sometimes described as 'clouding' or 'blind spots' despite the procedure being carried out years earlier.
In 2014 the company issued warnings and recalled batches of faulty lenses. Then in 2017 Oculentis issued further warnings as more faulty batches were identified, explaining the problem as 'possibly being the result of an interaction between phosphate crystals used in the hydration process and silicone residues on the lens'.
It is clear that some people have suffered severe complications from intraocular lenses manufactured by Oculentis, especially the Mplus X, Lentis HydroSmart and the Foldable Intraocular Lenses.
To date, cataract surgery is the most commonly performed operation in the UK. There are an estimated 800 cases from the affected batches of Oculentis lenses which have led to problems with opacification.
As for those consumers who paid high street optical practitioners for ‘faulty’ RFE surgery on the promise that it will 'improve vision for a very long time', the reality is far different.