This Year Johnson & Johnson’s Vistakon Will Discontinue Select Acuvue Contact Lens Brands From U.S. Market

For those that might not have herd or even know, Vistakon is a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Vistakon has recently announced that three Acuvue contact lens brands will be removed from its U.S. product portfolio later this year.  Acuvue Bifocal, Acuvue 2 Colour and select base curves and parameters of Acuvue brand contact lenses will be discontinued at different points throughout the year.

Beginning on July 1, 2013, Acuvue brand contact lenses will no longer be available in 9.1 base curves or 8.4 and 8.8 base curves of parameters from -6.50 to -11.0.  Products with 8.4 and 8.8 base curves and parameters ranging from -0.50 to -6.00 however will continue to be available.

Acuvue 2 ColoursAcuvue Bifocal

Beginning on December. 31, 2013, all parameters of Acuvue Bifocal and Acuvue 2 Colours will be discontinued.

“Contact lens wearers continue to embrace innovative new materials, technologies, and designs that meet their vision, comfort and lifestyle needs,” said Vistakon president Dave Brown. “Providing patients the best vision correction product experience is a critical factor in helping eyecare professionals serve their patients and grow their practice.”

Vistakon is encouraging eye doctors and eyecare professionals to upgrade patients from older lenses to “more popular and innovative brands” such as Acuvue Oasys, 1-Day Acuvue Moist and 1-Day Acuvue TruEye contact lenses. “These brands are better poised to help make patients happy about the contact lenses they wear, and the doctor who fits them,” Brown said.

According to a survey administered by Vistakon, nine out of 10 doctors believe that their contact lens patients associate their contact lens wear experience with their opinion of them as a doctor and that patients’ product experience is either “extremely” or “very important” to the likelihood of them returning to the office for their next eye exam. Further, 99 percent of optometrists surveyed by Vistakon agree that keeping patients happy leads to practice growth through referrals.

If you are a user of any of the following brands, base curves or parameters, we urge you to schedule an appointment with your optometrist so that you can discuss your replacement contact lens options prior to July 1st so that you will have ample time to try all of your different options before the discontinue date.

If you are not pleased with this news, you next best option would be to stock up on your current contact lenses now while they are still being produced. However, you will eventually need to find a replacement contact lens brand once your contact lens stock pile becomes depleted.

90 comments for “This Year Johnson & Johnson’s Vistakon Will Discontinue Select Acuvue Contact Lens Brands From U.S. Market

  1. Peggy
    May 8, 2014 at 9:03 am

    What an awful decision it was to discontinue Acuvue Bifocals. I have tried everything that’s available to “replace” these lenses and NOTHING is as comfortable and none of them provided better vision for me. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE reconsider this decision. I am at the point now where I will have to just wear glasses or come up with big money for lens implants. With vision of -7 and -8 eyeglasses just aren’t attractive even if I pay for the thinnest lenses. HEAR US PLEASE and reconsider!

  2. Heather
    May 9, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I stopped using acuvue as a result of this. I only use color contacts, I wish they would bring the colors back

  3. Carol
    May 12, 2014 at 12:53 am

    What on earth prompted the decision to discontinue bifocals?!!!!They are thin, comfortable and easy to get in, and having the numbers round the edge makes them easy to get the right way round. Have tried others,(many!) and find they are like plates, thick and dry out quickly. A big bad brickbat from me, and no bouquets for discontinuing these great lenses.

    15 year user.

  4. Fran
    May 13, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    I have worn the acuvue bifocal for many years. I went to my eye doctor and he has given me some different brands. They are not working.I now have to wear my eyeglasses. I would greatly appreciate Johnson & Johnson bringing back the Acuvue Bifocal.

  5. Nicky
    May 14, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    My optometrist mentioned they are redesigning the lenses, but there is no mention of it in this article. Has anyone else heard that rumor. It is frustrating that they had two great products and are pulling them. From what I can find, there isn’t even a competitor’s choice for an alternative to the colour enhancer or the bifocal lens.

  6. Jeff Golden
    May 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I saw my DR. today and was told the same about Acuvue Bifocal being discontinued. I am not happy either. I have been wearing this brand for 15 years. Tried a different brand a few years ago and could not see. I would like to know where I can still purchase my prescription since 1-800 Contacts no longer carries. Please advise.

    Jeff Golden

  7. Dave
    May 20, 2014 at 1:43 am

    A decision to bring back the Acuvue Colors back would be a tremendous decision. It gives people the extra confidence to go out into the world. Sales would increase and so many individuals would be pleased.

  8. Dori
    May 22, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I agree with all prior comments. Please bring these lenses back! I may have to have LASIK surgery because no other contact brand is wearable for me.

  9. Nadine
    May 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    I wish you weren’t going to discontinue the Acuvue Bifocal Lenses. They were the only thing I could where without having to carry ready glasses with me all the time. Please reconsider this move. I do not like wearing Monovision Contacts.

  10. Amy
    May 26, 2014 at 12:12 am

    I really wish they would reconsider the discontinuation of the colour enhancers. I’ve been wearing acuvue for 15 years and the colour enhancers for at least 5 years if not more. These are by far my favorite lens. I’m very saddened that I can’t get these anymore.

    Please reconsider.

  11. Alyssa
    June 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    I have been wearing the Acuvue 2 E-Blu contacts for a few years now, and have gotten SO MANY COMPLIMENTS on them! It really is a confidence-booster, especially when you don’t see much else good in yourself, appearance-wise.
    I don’t see WHY Acuvue couldn’t come out with “color enhancers” in their Oasys or other brands. If they want a new marketing strategy, they should go for promoting updated versions of their newer lines (by adding colors, bifocals; etc) while running campaigns emphasizing bringing out the natural beauty of an individual.
    Like the old saying goes, ” If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Acuvue, I am issuing you a challenge to bring back the color enhancers in your newer product lines!

  12. June 4, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    My kids and I have been using Acuvue 2 colours for about ten years. It ‘s extremely disappointing that your company not take into consideration the customers needs. Too bad my money will now go to another manufacturer. Please bring back the color contact lenses.

  13. Carole
    June 5, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    I too aml one of those people who has been forced to find a replacement for my acuvue bifocal lenses. The statement that hey have been discontinued so that they can be replaced by a newer and better product is a lie. It amazes me why a company that has a wonderful good selling product would decide to stop making it. I’m sure your competitors appreciate the added customers. I hope that the person that made the decision to discontinue this product is soon looking for new employment. I am sure I am not the only former customer that I will never buy another acuvue product!

  14. Barbara Smith
    June 12, 2014 at 2:11 am

    I am sick to my stomach that acuvue 2 is being discontinued. I have tried oasys and other silicone based lenses and I am allergic to them. I have used these acuvue 2 for so many years I can’t count and now I am out in the cold. I don’t know where to turn…How can J&J be so stupid???

  15. Erin
    June 16, 2014 at 12:17 am

    Has anyone found a alternative to colors 2, I love the natural look I get get to my actual eyecolor, I’ve found another brands to look “fake”

  16. janis perrin
    June 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    please reconsider. not only do I have to find a contact lense to replace the acuvue contact lenses I have to pay a $200 refitting fee. and I have been trying to find a replacement. WHY WERE THEY DISCONTINUED????

  17. Vickie
    June 16, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I have happily worn Acuvue 2 colors for many years. I was so upset to find they have been discontinued when I went to reorder. I’m trying another brand but am unhappy with the comfort and color. Please bring back my colors! I will not change to another product made by your company unless you add another color line.

    June 20, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    I have been using Acuvue Bifocal lenses for 10 years Now I can’t find any as comfortable and I have tried 3 different brands Please bring them back !

  19. lisa
    June 24, 2014 at 8:52 am

    PLEASE bring back the color lenses. Every 1800 contact lenses employee I speak to on the phone comments on how SO MANY CUSTOMERS are so disappointed with your company’s decision to stop making these. The employees have commented that many customers are VERY UNHAPPY and are VERY LOYAL to these lenses (including myself). These are the ONLY contacts that do not irritate my eyes! PLEASE RECONSIDER

  20. Gary
    June 30, 2014 at 1:13 am

    I have worn the acuvue bifocal lens for more than 10 years without issue. I have tried other types including the new oasys, but I am allergic to them. I really have no other options at this point. Please reconsider your decision to stop making the acuvue bifocal lenses.

  21. Jen
    June 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I’ve worn the Acuvue Color Enhancers for over 10 years and have always been perfectly happy with them! I have always gotten several comments on how beautiful my eyes were and how “green” they were! They were comfortable, affordable, and natural looking. Why would you take these off the market!? I am so disappointed with your decision to discontinue this product as I’m sure you will see many others are just as disappointed! I’be been forced to switch to another brand that carries colored contacts and I absolutely hate them! The color is unnatural and they are uncomfortable…and everyone is wondering what the heck happened to my beautiful green eyes!! I really feel you should reconsider your decision and listen to the feed back of the many unhappy customers!!!

  22. Elizabeth
    June 30, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    Please do not discontinue Acuvue 2 I have worn them for 15 years and they are so comfortable I have had no problems with them. My eye doctor switched me to oasys and I am allergic to silicone hydro lens. acuvue 2 are the best please reconsider!

  23. Cindy Bellanger
    July 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    What is wrong with the people from Acuvue? Are they stupied, crazy or just insane. You do not pull a perfectly good product with nothing comparable to replace it with. I have been wearing Acuvue Bifocals for over 10 years. I will never buy another Acuvue product again. And I am going to try to stay away from all Johnson and Johnson products too!

  24. July 7, 2014 at 11:22 am

    E-Green was and has been my contact lense choice for well over 15 years! Please bring this comfortable contact lense back!

  25. Samantha Kennedy
    July 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    There is no other solution for the Acuvue Bifocal contacts that works with comfort. The manufacturer needs to reconsider what this means to a large chunk of the population. Try putting yourself in their position understanding that your eyes are so vitally important to our well being and required for our daily needs. Until there are other options that work equally as well, Johnson & Johnson should seriously reconsider this discontinuance of the product that we all love and NEED.

  26. Joey
    July 11, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Very disappointed they have discontinued the color contacts. I have two different colored eyes and I felt much more confident when I would wear the contacts. They were a blessing to me when I found them 15 years ago. Please bring them back!!!

  27. Soraya
    July 11, 2014 at 10:06 am

    With all do respect, worst decision ever to take Acuvue Colors out of the market. I’ve been using them for years now and I only wear colored contacts, I have already tried possibly all the other brands that are available in the market and I just can’t adapt to them. Please, bring back Acuvue colors.

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  29. Jamie
    July 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    I’m just as saddened by this news as everyone else seems to be. Hopefully, they will be replacing these products with something similar (& possibly better?) in the near future. Take your frustrations and concerns to the decision-makers, themselves. Write letters, send messages on their website, make phonecalls, etc. It doesn’t hurt to try (power in numbers) to get them to see the customers they are/will be losing due to this decision if they don’t provide a replacement option that works for the users of the products they discontinued. Hopefully, you all still have at least one pair on-hand to be able to see to write them. ;) *** crossing my fingers ***

  30. Leslie Scott
    July 18, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I am so mad and upset about this. I love my Acuvue 2 colors. I have been wearing them for years. I have tried all the other color contacts and hate them. They either change my eye color way to much and look extremely fake or the other enhancers don’t really do much. I had one other color contact I use to like but they where very uncomfortable. These are perfect. They give me just a lil change I mean they do just what they say just enhance my own color and are very comfortable. To me its like taking away vehicles and replacing with sled dogs…it makes no since and is extremely stupid. thanks I will purposely avoid purchasing any of your products.

  31. July 21, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I am so disappointed that the Accue Vue 2 colours has been discontinued. I have tried the Freshlook colors and cannot see out of them. I wish they would reconsider and bring them back. I wore them for many years and loved them.

  32. Krista
    July 21, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    Why oh Why.. i have been using the Aqua contacts for over 10 years and always got so may compliments. That was the BONUS.. they were the only contacts that i found comfortable to feel like im wearing nothing. My optomitrist was getting frustated with me becuase everything else was rejected by my eyes!!! Please if anyone can find something comfort wise that compared with Acuvue 2 please let me know!!!!
    I can live with out the color (even though its heart breaking) but i need the comfort or i will have to wear glasses around the clock or come with $$$ for lasik (unless thats what pushed Acuvue out!!?)

  33. D
    July 21, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Please bring them back. The green color looked so natural. Wearing these contacts allowed me to not wear any makeup!

  34. Megan D
    July 21, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Please bring back to the color enhancers. I have been wearing the green contacts for 10 years and wasn’t planning to stop any time soon. I was just informed today that these have been discontinued and have called 10+ companies searching for any leftovers in my prescription but have had no such luck. I tried the fresh look green contacts (4 different options) today in the doctor’s office but none of them look as natural as the green color enhancers. PLEASE BRING THEM BACK!!!

  35. July 23, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Might as well throw in my two cents, though I don’t think J&J will pay attention. I just returned from an eye exam, and was quite satisfied with the explanation the eye doctor gave me for trying the newer multifocal contacts, and agreed to give the Biofinity multifocal lens a shot. Pretty effective for reading and close-in activities, but definitely off the mark for distance viewing and driving. Bummer. I have worn Acuvue Bifocals for 15 years and been very pleased with the visual acuity and wearability of this lens, although if I now do some extensive reading I’ll slip on a bear of 1.25x cheaters. When I return for a follow-up exam I’ll ask for the ABs if they’re still available, or I might hunt some down online. It looks like J&J will eventually lose me as a customer.

  36. Pebbles
    July 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I have been wearing Acuvue 2 Colors for about 8 years and I love them, I can’t believe they aren’t going to make them anymore. I’ve tried another brand of colors and they are not comfortable at all. PLEASE bring back the colors. If not then Acuvue has lost another customer.

  37. Greg
    July 25, 2014 at 7:05 am

    It was the only lens that worked for me i tried the others and they don’t work!

  38. Daveda Miller
    July 27, 2014 at 1:11 am


  39. Ashley S.
    July 27, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    The decision to discontinue your Colors contacts was perhaps either the greatest marketing decision to spike up sales once you eventually do rebrand them again, and also simultaneously the cruelest to your customers. I have been wearing the Acuvue Colors 2 for about 8 years now and not only are you asking me to change my contacts but to change my lifestyle as well. You have made a rather large customer base very unhappy, and from now I will gladly discontinue using such a brand that treats its customers in such a terrible manner.

    I hope the person that made this marketing decision loses their job.

  40. morgan
    July 28, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I have been a loyal customer for over 10 years wearing acuvue colors . Ive seen myself in the opaque blue shade daily and taking them off the market is devastating. I have been forced to pay for/try other lenses as replacements and have hated them all thus far. Acuvue colors were extremely comfortable and I loved the colors. So so sooo utterly disappointed in this decision, acuvue…… :(

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