American Optometric Association Issues Consumer Health Alert and Guidance for Contaminated Eye Drops

April 6, 2023

Alexandria, Virginia – April 6, 2023 – The American Optometric Association (AOA) is issuing an alert to consumers to stop using EzriCare™ and Delsam Pharma's Artificial Tears products by Global Pharma Healthcare. These eye drops have been recalled after they were linked to potential bacterial contamination. Using contaminated artificial tears increases risk of eye infections that could result in blindness or death. Patients that have used these products or experience any new and/or prolonged irritation in their eyes should visit to book an appointment with an AOA doctor of optometry.

“As always, doctors of optometry are ready to serve the public and assist with patient’s concerns,” said Dr. Ronald L. Benner, AOA President. “Regardless if an individual experiencing obvious symptoms, anyone who has used these products should alert their local doctor of optometry so they may assess the front surface of their eye for any problems during a comprehensive eye exam.”

It’s important to note that eye drops are safe when manufactured and used properly. When talking with a doctor of optometry, it’s important to share any prescribed and over-the-counter medications currently in use and ask for their professional opinion. This can also help ensure that an appropriate treatment plan is in place.

Health care professionals, as well as patients, are encouraged to report any adverse events or quality problems with any medicine to the Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program.

To view the PDF version of the alert, click here. For more information on eye health and vision care and to find an AOA doctor of optometry near you, visit



About the American Optometric Association

The American Optometric Association (AOA) is the leading authority on and advocate for quality eye health care, representing more than 48,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and optometric professionals. As the sole primary eye care provider in many communities across America, doctors of optometry are often a patient's first entry point into the health care system and have extensive, ongoing training to examine, diagnose, treat and manage disorders, diseases and injuries that affect the eye and visual system. Through a nationwide public health initiative, the AOA's Eye Deserve More campaign is fostering awareness of the importance of eye health and vision care and the overall health benefits of in-person, comprehensive eye examinations with AOA doctors of optometry for all Americans.