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.

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

  1. August 12, 2014 at 9:46 am

    J&J discontinued their color lenses due to the fact they were not good sellers and the big push today is for silicone hydrogel lenses which are healthier for the eyes. Ask your eye doctor about Impression Colored Lenses or Air Optics Colored lenses. Regarding the Bifocals you should ask your doctor to fit you with either Air Optics Multifocals or Biofinity Multifocals both are comfortable and healthier for your eyes.

  2. connie
    August 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    I have worn Acuvue enhancers fir years, and have no desire to change. I don’t have any interest in changing but I will have to since I cannot find these anywhere. All the other color lenses are fake looking, the Aqua matched my eye color and “enhanced it”. Why can’t you make these in whatever you claim is better materials? Daily wear contacts are too expensive but I guess you know that and make big bucks on them. I will have to find a new lens, but I will make sure it’s not a J&J product. You have lost my business and I will be switching my Son as well!

  3. LINDA
    August 28, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I AM SO UNHAPPY ABOUT THIS. THEY WERE PERFECT AND A DECENT PRICE. I WISH I WOULD HAVE KNOWN SO I COULD HAVE STOCKED UP. NOW ITS TOO LATE AND AIR OPTICS ARE VERY EXPENSIVE. VERY DISAPPOINTED.

  4. Marilyn
    September 6, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I am sooooooo mad!!! Did not know about this until I tried to order my aquamarine ones today! If I would have known, I would have stocked up and allowed myself time to find a replacement. Everything I’ve read from other websites is that almost everyone feels the same way as myself. So upset. :(

  5. Jennifer
    September 11, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Very upset over this discontinued line as I have warn the Acuvue 2 colors for over 10 years now… urrr Wondering if anyone has found a replacement colored lens that is similar to the discontinued Deep Blue

  6. michelle
    September 12, 2014 at 3:54 am

    Jennifer who left the comment above…I am in the EXACT same boat as you!!! I too have worn the acuvue colors for over 10 years and in the Deep Blue shade…theyre literally part of my identity and I haven’t found anything comparable! Sooo upset…the closest thing ive come across is the Freshlook colorblends in true sapphire….but these are still nowhere near as natural-looking and comfortable as the acuvue ones!!! :.(

  7. Shannon
    September 24, 2014 at 2:32 pm

    The Air Optix contacts may be more money but the are intended to wear as a monthly lens as the Acuvue 2 lens is 2 weeks. The Air Optix is a much healthier lens for your eye (new tech vs old)

  8. Joyce Davis
    October 16, 2014 at 10:24 am

    I am so upset. Just heard that the bifocal is disc. This was the only one that worked for me. I don’t know what I will do now. It’s too late to stock pile them. Bummer

  9. Tea
    October 21, 2014 at 1:57 am

    I totally feel the same as everyone else! It wasn’t broke so why break it! I didn’t know until I tried to order them. Just so not logical. …bad business move! And still no satisfying response like you don’t give a darn about the thousands, maybe millions of users of the Acuvue 2 Colours. SMH

  10. Susan Melton
    October 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I agree I do not understand why everyone is discontinuing color lenses. I have never had any problems and have worn them for years. I like the colored contacts. Why is everyone discontinuing them. It must be the Doctors. Mine claims they are not healthy for your eyes.

  11. CB
    October 23, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I’m very angry that Acuvue colors are no longer available. My optometrist told me he has never had so many mad customers since this happened. I know many loyal wearers who would appreciate being able to get a newer color version

  12. L-Dene Zamora
    October 24, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Will J&J eventually come out with a revamped color contact? There’s nothing that compares to accuvue colours. I have worn them over 10 years and the other brands like freshlook and airoptix hurt my eyes. Please start selling these again.

  13. UNHAPPY
    October 29, 2014 at 4:53 am

    Like many people who have posted here, disappointed would be an understatement….I am distraught. I have only ever work acuvue colored lenses and have worn them for almost 10 years. They are part of my identity and I feel J&J has stripped me of this. Please J&J read these posts and reconsider your decision. I have tried other brands and their colors all look fake in comparison and the contact lenses are uncomfortable. Like others, had I had known this was happening I would have stocked up. Regardless, I hope J&J reconsiders it’s terrible decision.

  14. J&J Reconsider Please!
    October 29, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I think all those who are upset by J&J’s decision to discontinue their contacts should head to J&J’s social media pages(links can be found here http://www.jnj.com/) and express their anger and disappointment!

  15. Eve
    November 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I am very upset since learning yesterday that J&J discontinued the color enhancer contacts. I have light blue eyes and I don’t need to wear full on color contacts. The enhancers were perfect to add more intensity to my eye color without looking fake. I’ve been wearing enhancers for 10 years- my husband has never even seen me without them. I’m very disappointed with this and the explanation?? better materials? why not make the enhancers with a better material? I tried on some of the so called better options and they looked ridiculously fake. I wouldn’t even consider going out in public with color contacts like the ones I tried on. Please post if you know of any substitute brands for the enhancers in aqua. Thanks :)

  16. Jewel
    November 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    I have been wearing the aqua enhancers for over 11 years. My doc switched me to acuvue oasys 3 months ago when I could no longer find my enhancers- they are not as comfortable and I don’t have the added advantage of the color I am used to. I pushed through the past few months knowing I would be going to the doctor today. I was hopeful there was another colored lense I could try. Unfortunately, due to my prescription there are no other options. This is disappointing to me as a consumer especially after reading all of the identical responses here today. I loved my eye color and was 110% satisfied with the acuvue colored lenses. My kids have never seen my eyes any other color! My eyes don’t look as bright, I look tired, etc. It is very disappointing to me to lose something you valued without having any control. I would at least like to have the option a lense (even if it’s not disposalbe) with the enhancer or if that’s not an option would you consider orders in bulk? I would be willing to buy my lenses for an entire year (or two) if possible. Please reconsider. This is very upsetting to me.

  17. Amanda
    November 12, 2014 at 2:56 pm

    I am also a user of the Acuvue 2 Colour enhancers. I have used them since they became available…not sure when but it’s been a long time. I’m so upset that they are no longer available. I agree with everyone else, my eyes are green and the green enhancers just made them pop a little more without looking fake. These are the only comfortable contacts I’ve owned. nothing else feels the way they do. You don’t even notice they are there. Also, when my eyes started to get cloudy I just switched my contact solution and that fixed that problem. I knew a few people that were having some issues with the cloudiness with this brand. PLEASE bring them back!

  18. jil
    November 17, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    wow. So bummed. I like them because when I drop a contact… I can actually SEE it to find it. Is there anywhere (clearance place etc) that is selling the discontinued– until they run out??

  19. Sylv
    November 17, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    JUST found this out when trying to reorder contact lenses! I have LOVED the colored contacts for so many years. SO disappointed, esp since I have a reaction when trying to wear the “newer and better” silicone-based contact lenses. What am I supposed to do now J&J?!

  20. Barbara Heimlich
    November 30, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I have to say I am very disappointed that J&J have stopped making the Acuvue 2 color enhancers. It made it so easy to find my lenses in my eyes not to mention if I dropped one. I am now on the look out for new lenses and because J&J has decided to make this move, I will also move…to a different company. Some changes in products are a good thing. This one is just foolish. In fact, anything with a J&J label on it, will not be purchased by me or anyone I know. No one can give a reasonable explanation as to why this was done. The bottom line is usually money. My bottom line is, I will shop elsewhere. I’m sure there are companies out there that are customer friendly. Am I upset? Yes. To remind those who make these decisions, the next time you get your hair color, maybe just maybe the hairdresser will not be using your regular color anymore and you will hate the results. I am a hairdresser and my clients are important to me. Color companies have made silly changes over the years, which has brought new and better companies to the horizon. Food for thought.

  21. Wendy
    December 4, 2014 at 1:39 am

    I am shocked and devastated to hear that they are discontinuing Acuvue 2 colour enhancer contacts! I have been wearing them for years and there is literally NO OTHER CONTACT available on the market which is natural looking to enhance green eyes. Every other colored contact available look FAKE!!!! What a terrible business decision to not manufacture these contacts in a ‘better material.’ As mentioned by everyone above I will be sure to not sure any contacts made by this company in the future due to this very abrupt and poor decision. Maybe they should reach out to customers before making these types of decisions as I can clearly see I am not the only loyal customer which is highly dissatisfied.

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