A New Mexico woman has filed a lawsuit against Hubble Contacts, claiming that she had to have her eye removed due to defective contact lenses sold by the company. Stephanie Guarisco of Clovis alleges that she experienced severe pain and injury after using the lenses for only a few weeks, ultimately resulting in the loss of her right eye. Guarisco is suing Hubble’s parent company, Vision Path, for negligence, consumer fraud, and other counts.

According to the lawsuit, Guarisco purchased Hubble contact lenses through the company’s website in early 2020. She wore the daily lenses until late July of that same year when she began experiencing severe pain in her left eye. After visiting a hospital emergency room, an optometrist diagnosed Guarisco with iridocyclitis, an inflamed iris condition. She was later diagnosed with a corneal ulcer in her left eye.

However, Guarisco’s eye issues worsened, and she sought medical attention for allergy-like symptoms in her right eye, including discharge, redness, itching, and visual disturbances. She was diagnosed with a corneal ulcer in her right eye and reported decreased vision. Despite undergoing several surgeries to repair the ulcer, they were unsuccessful, and Guarisco now has a permanent prosthetic in her right eye socket.

Guarisco claims that Hubble contact lenses are made using Methafilcon A, a silicone-based polymer, which many optometrists consider inappropriate for making contact lenses due to its lack of oxygen supply to the eye. While Hubble’s contact lenses are approved by the FDA, the lawsuit alleges that methafilcon A is an inferior material no longer prescribed for contact lenses in the United States.

The complaint also accuses Vision Path of not following proper procedures for verifying customer prescriptions and paying customers for positive reviews of the lenses on its website.

In response to the lawsuit, Vision Path stated that it is taking the allegations seriously and has initiated an internal investigation.

Founded in 2016, Vision Path sells Hubble branded contact lenses online through a mail-order subscription model. Guarisco’s lawsuit is not the company’s first legal trouble. In January 2022, Vision Path paid a $3.5 million settlement to the Federal Trade Commission for violating contact lens rules, including failing to obtain proper optometrist prescriptions. The company also paid a settlement in Texas last June for deceptive marketing practices.

The lawsuit serves as a reminder of the importance of ensuring the safety and quality of contact lenses, as well as the need for companies to follow proper procedures and regulations in the industry.

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