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.

109 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

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