A tragic story has recently come to light, involving a 68-year-old Florida woman named Clara Oliva, who is now suing an eye drop company for the devastating consequences she has suffered from using their product.

Oliva had been using the now-recalled EzriCare Artificial Tears when she developed a rare bacterial infection in her eye, which ultimately required the surgical removal of her eye. This horrifying incident has left Oliva legally blind and raises serious concerns about the safety and regulation of similar products on the market.

The details of the lawsuit reveal that Oliva started using EzriCare Artificial Tears in May 2022, only for her right eye to become “red, swollen, and abnormally watery” a few months later. The infection that ensued resulted in a corneal ulcer and loss of vision. Due to the severity of the infection, the risk of it spreading, and the exhaustion of treatment methods, the only viable option was to remove Oliva’s right eye completely.

This distressing event has left Oliva with significantly diminished eyesight capabilities in her remaining eye. Her attorney, Natasha Cortes, has stated that her client is “horribly injured and now legally blind.” Cortes is also investigating other potential victims who have been injured by this recalled product. She emphasizes that “these companies must be held accountable for the devastating consequences their product has caused Mrs. Oliva and other consumers.”

So far, eight people have lost their vision after using the same eye drops, with four of them, including Oliva, having to have their eyes removed entirely. Tragically, one person has even died from the infection. Cortes believes that the eye drop product’s preservative-free nature makes it more susceptible to bacterial contamination and subsequent infection. This raises the question of whether there are even more people who have suffered infections without realizing the connection to the eye drops, like Oliva initially did.

The impact on Oliva’s life has been devastating, as she explains: “I’ve always been independent. I’ve always worked. My life has changed 1000%.” This story highlights the urgent need for stricter regulations and oversight on products that have the potential to cause such life-altering harm to consumers.

In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a warning about the bacterial infection associated with EzriCare Artificial Tears, urging the public to stop using the product. While the CDC has reassured the public that this is a rare infection, it is still alarming that 68 people have been diagnosed with it across 16 US states. Those affected by the eye drops have reported not only blindness but also respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, and other serious health issues.

This heart-wrenching story serves as a powerful reminder of the potential consequences of inadequately regulated products in the market. It should serve as a call to action for both the government and the companies producing these products to ensure that the highest safety standards are met, and consumers are protected from such life-altering harm.

As we advocate for change, it is crucial to remember the victims like Clara Oliva and others who have suffered due to these products. Companies must be held accountable for their actions, and it is our responsibility as consumers to remain vigilant and informed about the products we use daily.

We must push for a safer, more responsible marketplace where consumers can trust the products they rely on, without fear of suffering irreversible damage to their health and well-being.

Source: 100PercentFedUp

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