Bausch and Lomb PreserVision Eye Vitamin Recall: Choking Hazard

Bausch and Lomb’s PreserVision Eye Vitamin soft gel pills are being recalled because they have been found to be difficult for some consumers to swallow safely, which could cause a chocking sensation, particularly among the older consumers.

The PreserVision eye vitamin recall was announced on Tuesday by the FDA and Bausch and Lomb. The manufacturer has received several reports indicating some users were feeling like they were choking after having difficulty swallowing. Most of the reports came from people 70 or older, the company said.

The recall is limited to the PreserVision Eye Vitamin AREDS 2 Formula with Omega 3 soft gels, which is only available in the United States. Bausch and Lomb says that the formulation is safe and that most customers have no problem swallowing the pills, but the difficulties experienced by elderly consumers has made them reconsider the soft gel design used in the pill.

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The affected pills are sold in 60-count bottles and are taken twice per day, two pills per dose. The recalled vitamins have a UPC code of 24208 62584, and have the following lot numbers: 0923BK103, 0924BK103, 0924BK103A, 0925BK103A, 0926BK103A, 0927BK103A, 0928BK103A, 0929BK103A, and 0930BK103A. The pills have an expiration date of 8/31/2011.

Both U.S. retailers and eye care professionals have been alerted regarding the recall. Bausch and Lomb recommends anyone who has the recalled eye vitamins return the product to the company for reimbursement, even if they are comfortable swallowing the pills. The company’s customer service number is 1-800-553-5340.

3 Comments

  • LindaDecember 12, 2023 at 1:50 pm

    I have used preservision areds2 for over a year. The bottle I just opened the pills are sticky and orange to reddish color on the plastic inside the bottle.,, No one will mention if they are still ok to use.. l I have 2 bottles of 210 gels in each. one box has not been opened and does seem to rattle nicely so maybe that is not affected...l what to do, I used a coupon but still expensive.

  • MichaelMay 29, 2022 at 9:49 pm

    I, too, I am having difficulty swallowing these caplets, even when taken with food. The bulbous shape of the caplet and it's rather large size cause it to get stuck in the esophagus. The outer coating material also breaks down very slowly (put one in a glass of water and you will see that it doesn't break down at all!) and no amount of saliva helps to get these caplets dislodged. B&L should defi[Show More]I, too, I am having difficulty swallowing these caplets, even when taken with food. The bulbous shape of the caplet and it's rather large size cause it to get stuck in the esophagus. The outer coating material also breaks down very slowly (put one in a glass of water and you will see that it doesn't break down at all!) and no amount of saliva helps to get these caplets dislodged. B&L should definitely be made aware of how many people are having this problem. A good class action lawsuit might wake them up.

  • STEVENMay 12, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    i have been on Preservision red tablets for two years and I am beginning to have extreme choking problems in trying to swallow the tablet.. They are in my onion dangerous in hat regard. I am a family physician and member of f the American Academy of Family Physicians. There should be a warning label on the tablets

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