In February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers and healthcare providers against using over-the-counter “artificial tears” from the brands EzriCare and Delsam Pharma because of possible bacterial contamination. Understandably this report has been a source of concern for many of our patients who are presently using eye drops. We would like to reassure everyone that these are extremely uncommon brands of eyedrops that were manufactured in India and are not among the well-known, trusted brands which are and have been recommended by doctors in our office. Thankfully, these “off-brand” eye drops have been withdrawn from pharmacy shelves in all major pharmacy chains in California.

Having said this, the issue of eye drop sterility should be taken seriously, and we would like to suggest a few additional measures to ensure your safety.

  1. Check your eyedrops: If you use eyedrops, read the label and confirm your drops are not manufactured by EzriCare and Delsam Pharma.
  2. Ensure proper storage: All eye drops should be stored away from excessive heat or moisture.
  3. Practice good hygiene: When using eyedrops, make sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after use.
  4. Seek medical attention: If you experience any symptoms, such as redness, swelling, or discharge from your eyes after using eyedrops, seek medical attention immediately. These symptoms could be a sign of an infection, and prompt treatment is important to prevent further complications.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are committed to your health and well-being and will do everything we can to keep you safe.

Colvard-Kandavel Eye Center