Safety alert over Lenscare SH-System Monatslinsen monthly contact lenses

     The Department of Health (DH) today (November 19) drew public attention to the recall of Lenscare SH-System Monatslinsen contact lenses because the surface of these lenses can get scratches during wearing and can even break.

     The DH, through its routine surveillance on medical devices, found that the United Kingdom's Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency had posted a notice issued by a German manufacturer, 4CAREGmbH.

     According to the manufacturer, customer complaints for certain lot numbers of the products have increased recently. It was found that the surface of the lenses can get scratches during wearing and can even break. This may lead to foreign body sensation, blurred vision or eye irritation. The manufacturer advised users to stop using the products immediately.

     "The DH is following up with the manufacturer in Germany to ascertain if the products have been distributed in Hong Kong. So far, the DH has not received any local reports of adverse events associated with the products," the spokesman said.

     "Those customers who have purchased the said products should stop using them. They should consult health-care professionals for advice as soon as possible if they are either feeling unwell after using the products or in doubt," the spokesman added.

     The DH has informed public and private hospitals, relevant medical associations and optometrist associations about the issue.

Ends/Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Issued at HKT 20:00