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.

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

  1. Pattie Speer
    July 17, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    For contact wearers like me, who like color but not a lot of color, what would be a good substitute for the Acuvue 2 colors contact?

  2. July 18, 2013 at 9:21 am


    I would definitely check out the freshlook color lenses. They are a niche splash of color without going over the top.

    August 12, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    I have tried Freshlook colors and the lense is a horrible fit…you have to get used to the color in front of your eyes and the contact moves quite a bit. I could never go back to Freshlook. There should have been another alternative other than Freshlook. Make a replacement lense that has the same comfort as the Acuvue. Disappointing

  4. susan
    September 28, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    avjajo is right. I’ve been wearing Accuvue Colors for many years and I loved the comfort and the color (green). My eye doc suggested I try Freshlook colors by Ciba Vision. Not only is the color horrible (supposed to be green but look grayish and turn my naturally light eyes dark)but they are very uncomfortable. They are thicker than the Accuvue Colors and made my eyes very dry. I had to take to take them out after just a few hours. I’m searching on the internet to see if there are any better colored contacts out there.

  5. Patty
    September 30, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I have tried ACCUVUE OASIS several times. My eyes end up red, the lenses dry out quickly on me and I can’t read out of them. I try rewetting them enlarging my screen and everything is blurry out of them. What does Vistakon have for those of us that can only wear the Accuvue Bi-focal with any ease? The Oasis is not an Oasis for some, it is more like the desert and a fuzzy one at that.

  6. October 2, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Hi Patty. We are sorry about your experience. We recommend that you see your eye doctor so that he can examine your eyes and make the proper changes so that you can be comfortable wearing your contact lenses. Wishing you all the best.

  7. October 2, 2013 at 9:21 am

    Hi Susan. Have you inquired about the Acuvue 2 opaques or the Acuvue 2 enhancers Another brand to look at is Cooper as they offer a product called Expressions –

    Let us know if you have any further questions as we would be glad to help.

  8. Scott
    October 14, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Acuvue Bifocals are the best lenses I’ve ever worn. Very sorry Vistakon has made this decision. I’ve just tried Oasys and they are not nearly as good for me. Less water in them, much thicker, no “inside-out” markings, harder to remove and, most importantly, my vision is not as consistent nor as good. Also not as comfortable at the end of the day. I will hoard the Bifocals and hope something new comes out that works as well when I need to reorder in a couple of years.

  9. October 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I am also pretty saddened to hear that Acuvue bifocal is gone now. I didn’t know about this until today, and it seems like a real shame. I thought those lenses were amazing, and I am hesitant about the “innovative new materials, technologies, and designs” when I had found something that worked for me.

    Hopefully the new brands will live up to the hype.


  10. Tony Webster
    October 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    I’ve worn Acuvue Bifocals for 10 years or more. Please reconsider your decision!!

  11. Judi
    October 23, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    I have worn the Acuvue Brand Bifocals 4 over 15 yrs. My Eye Dr. has tried 6 different pairs that were comparable. None of them worked for me!! We came to the conclusion that the material the new ones are made of I’m allergic to. After 10 mins. Of wear my eyes are Red & Itching.

  12. Debra
    October 27, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    I love the Acuvue 2 Colours Lenses! I wear the blue enhancers, & like them because they are comfortable, and subtle. I looked long and hard to find these lenses, and nothing out inthe market compares to these lenses.

    Visikon/Johnson & Johnson is not giving us a newer better COLOR option. I really do not want to wear a clear lens, so this is really leaving the color contact lens consumer out in the cold!!! Not a happy camper.

  13. Reba
    November 2, 2013 at 10:18 am

    I too just found out that the Acuvue 2 Colours will be discontinued after this year. I am terribly disappointed because the other options are not comfortable for me (the Oasis was a particularly miserable experience) so there seems to be no colored option available for me. After years of wearing the Acuvue 2 enhancers, I don’t want to go back to clear lenses. I feel like the product is being pulled without a viable alternative available. Horrible service to loyal customers. Like others, I’m hoping to stockpile lenses and pray that my prescription doesn’t change before a better option comes to market.

  14. November 4, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    We hear what everyone is saying and feel your disappointment. All we can recommend is to either stock pile them from now until the end of the year of visit your eye doctor and begin looking for a replacement.

    Aside from this all you can do is help spread the word because there are so many other people like you that did not know about this and will be in the dark come the new year.

  15. Andrew
    November 6, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Just found out this horrible news about Acuvue 2 Colours being discontinued ! The info I have been told/read say that these products are being discontinued for availability in US Markets [?] Will they still be manufactured and available else where? I agreed to give these FresHLook [no typo__this is how it is on my product container] Handling Tint contact’s which are supposed to be blue___Really?___All I can say is No Way will these be the one’s I’ll be changing to___Can’t believe this is happening___I’ve been very very happy since getting my 1st Acuvue2 Colours five years ago___Thanks, J&J__Championship Move

  16. November 6, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Someone should start a petition for Johnson and Johnson to reconsider

  17. Anne
    November 11, 2013 at 9:12 am

    My prescription is -9.0 and only acuvue opaque has the colour with the prescription I need, what other brands have -9.0 power?

  18. November 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Anne,

    We recommend that you consult with your dr to find a replacement for your particular power.

  19. Tania Gibson
    November 13, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Are the colour enhancers being discontinued ONLY in the US? Will they STILL be available overseas in the UK?

  20. Kimberly
    November 18, 2013 at 12:13 am

    I have worn acuvue2 enhancers for at east 10 years. I have a very thin tear line,. They are the only contact I can tolerate. On top of that, I just got tired of people asking about my eye color, so I tod them it was natural. What am I going to do!? My Dr. Showed me an alternatie at my last appointment. They were like a flourescent yellow. Yuck! I am very excited to find out if J &J is only discontinueing these here in the U.S. maybe there is hope.

  21. Marty
    November 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Is this a way for J & J to get rid of a full warehouse of contacts so they can begin with a new fresh batch far in the future after they “say” that public pressure has gotten them to decide to keep making them? It seems like a marketing gimmick.

  22. Marty
    November 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I meant like supermarkets play up small snowstorms to clear out their shelves !!

  23. Elizabeth
    November 23, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I’ve been wearing Acuvue bifocals for about 10 years now and love them- no problems at all with them. How disappointing to hear that they are being discontinued and to hear others’ comments that the Oasys replacements cause allergic reactions.
    So what is really going on? Why would J&J “upgrade” a product that is successful with one that appears to have many problems???

  24. Allison
    December 5, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Can’t believe Acuvue 2 enhancers are being discontinued with no alternative being provided to the loyal customer base. Who makes these decisions and why?!?

  25. December 8, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I have been wearing Accuvue for 20 years. I tried other types only to discover I have an allergy to silicone. What lenses can I swtich to that do not have silicone?

  26. Vickie Muller
    January 5, 2014 at 7:09 am

    VERY disappointed that the color enhancers are being discontinued … Why is it companies feel the need to do away with popular products in order to promote “innovative” products… If its not broken.. Don’t fix it. Your color enhancers were a great product and I hope you reconsider this horrible decision

  27. Rachel
    January 13, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I just found out about Acuvue 2 contacts are being replaced I literally had to take a day off from work I was sooo depressed. The grey is amazing! I have been calling every where hoping somebody would have some if anyone knows of a place still has in stock please email me at I absolutely need these the acuvue 2 grey 8.3 and 14.0 thank you.

  28. Jenny
    January 18, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Very disappointed that J&J discontinued the colors, leaving their customers like me without a comparable replacement. Shame on you for forgetting loyalty is what built you! Now I ‘m scrambling to find a product I like. I hope the new corporation/brand I choose appreciates my business more than J&J!

  29. Andrea
    February 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I too am disappointed and alarmed that I just found out that Acuvue 2 colors have been discontinued with no alternative. I don’t understand the rationale for this, as there are clearly a large number of people who want to purchase the product. I’m wondering if there is something wrong with the lenses that they do not want to reveal.

  30. DanE
    February 16, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Well since Acuvue in my prescription has been discontinued, (wore them for 15+ years leaving them in for 2 weeks with no problems), have tried Acuvue2 and Oasys, with very poor results. My Doctor and I are now looking toward another brand to satisfy my needs.

  31. Carrie
    February 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I have also been wearing the same color lense for 15 years and just found this out that they are discontinued now that I am out of lenses. I think this was a horrible decision and I am extremely upset to be left out in the cold with zero alternatives. I too have tried other brands and can’t wear them because they are extremely uncomfortable and move around in my eyes. Johnson & johnson please reconsider this decision!!!

  32. Barbara Mann
    February 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

    I am crushed. , and wonder why the gray Acuvue 2 Colors are being discontinued , and how can I find available left over supplies. Also, why were we not informed that these lenses would be discontinued so that we could stock up ?

    February 23, 2014 at 9:47 am

    I was told that Acuvue 2 Colour Opaques were being discontinued as well. Is this true? I wear Sapphire and there is nowhere to get a blue that is as intense as that color.

  34. Dianne
    February 25, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Very Upset over the decision to discontinue! I have worn Acuvue Brand Bifocals for over 15 yrs. My doctor has had me try several different lenses (on several occasions) that were supposed to be comparable – NONE worked for me!! Please reconsider your decision for your loyal customers!!!!

  35. Howard
    March 1, 2014 at 11:48 am

    I have worn the original Acuvues on an extended wear basis – i.e., continuously for 2 weeks at a time – ever since they came out. (That was recommended usage back in the day and I’ve never had a single problem in 25 years!) Which is more similar to the originals: Acuvue 2 or Oasys?

  36. Joanne
    March 5, 2014 at 12:42 pm

    I’m EXTREMELY UPSET, after learning about J & J discontinuing Acuvue 2 Colours!!!!!!! I’ve been a LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR YEARS! I’ve tried Freshlook colors, and they’re uncomfortable and I do NOT like them! As far as STOCKPILING Acuvue Colours, that would be great, but what about people like me, that don’t have that option, because of being on a limited budget?
    I’ve read the other comments, and some of them are asking if they will still be sold in other countries…so WHY DON’T YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION?!
    I’m extremely upset over this decision to your LOYAL CUSTOMERS!!!!!!

  37. Joanne
    March 5, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    I’m EXTREMELY UPSET, after learning about J & J discontinuing Acuvue 2 Colours!!!!!!! I’ve been a LOYAL CUSTOMER FOR YEARS! I’ve tried Freshlook colors, and they’re uncomfortable and I do NOT like them! As far as STOCKPILING Acuvue Colours, that would be great, but what about people like me, that don’t have that option, because of being on a limited budget?
    I’ve read the other comments, and some of them are asking if they will still be sold in other countries…so WHY DON’T YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION?!
    I’m extremely upset over this decision to your LOYAL CUSTOMERS!!!!!!!!!

  38. Mohamed Alhusaini
    March 11, 2014 at 7:38 am

    very disappointed! I was shocked last week when I went to buy a new pair of my favorite lenses to know that it has been discontinued! I have been using Acuvue 2 for almost 15 years. Why a company would do such thing for their loyal customers?
    throughout these years I have tried several other types and brands, but nothing like Acuvue2, they are extremely comfortable with no problems at all. Currently I am wearing Oasis and it is really horrible. I don’t know what to do now with no stock in the market. I am really sad for this bad decision of the company.

  39. Barbara
    March 15, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I just went to re-order my ACCUVUE bifocals and discovered they have been discontinued. Everyone else must have already stockpiled them, because I cannot find “leftovers” at any website. My optometrist tried me on OASIS, which stuck to my eye and I had trouble getting them out. Following 3 days, I couldn’t put anything into my eye, it was so irritated. And now I am irritated…disappointed…angry….and fearful that I will not find a comfortable substitute.

  40. March 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Hi Barbara did your optomotrist recommend any other version of Acuvue? From what we have seen from our users of the Acuvue Bifocal, they have tried the ACUVUE Oasys for Presbyopia –

    As always we always recommend that one consults with their optomotrist as they know what works best for your eyes conditions by performing an updated eye exam.

  41. March 28, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Hello Joanne we hear your frustration. With regards to yours and others question of will they be provided in other countries we do not know the answer to this since Vistakon only informed us that the brands we mentioned would be discontinued at that said time.

    As always you should always consult with your optometrist with what options will work for your eyes conditions based on an updated eye exam.

  42. March 28, 2014 at 9:20 am

    Hi Howard the answer to your question is a little tricky since everyone’s eyes are not the same and respond differently to the different materials. We always recommend that you consult with your optometrist with regards to making changes to your rx because they would know what works best for your eyes conditions based on an updated eye exam.

  43. March 28, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Yes Acuvue has completely discontinued making color contact lenses including the Acuvue 2 Colour Opaques. If you have any questions about which brand to try we recommend that you consult with your optomotrist to see what will work best for your eyes based on an updated eye exam.

  44. March 28, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Hi Barbara no one will have them in stock since they were discontinued last year. We posted several blog posts on our website regarding this as well as sent numerous emails to all of our customers so that they were made aware of this in a timely manner. See here and here. If you have not done so by now we recommend that you consult with your optometrist as to what options you have regarding a replacement contact lens.

  45. Sue
    April 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

    I just went to the eye Dr to find out that I can no longer get the Acuvue bifocals. He has me trying the Acuvue Oasys and I can’t even begin to tell you how much I hate them!!!! They are thick and I assume my eyes can’t keep them moist enough as just after a few minutes everything goes blurry unless I blink constantly. I can focus on nothing except how blurry everything is. And it’s not the RX, that is perfect, it’s these horrible lenses!!!!! I put my old Accuvue Bifocals in and saw as clear as always. I guess my Dr is going to have to find another company that makes better contacts for my eyes, now. I’ve been wearing the Acuve Bifocals for years now so I can’t even express my frustration at the inferior product they have been replaced with. I am saving my last pair of Acuve Bifocals to wear to my daughters wedding so at least I can see without constant frustration!!!! Then I’ll see how long I can go with wearing that pair before I have to be frustrated again or just give up and wear glasses again. No longer a fan of Acuvue!!!

    April 7, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    I have been wearing Acuvue bifocals for 15 plus years and have been extremely happy at how healthy and sharp my vision has been. I am bitterly disappointed in the decision to discontinue them. I have tried my optometrists alternative recommendation but find they are prickly and my vision is not as good. Please reconsider.

  47. Lori
    April 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I too have been wearing Acuvue bifocals for years and years! When I saw my doctor last year, he tried to switch me to something different since they were being discontinued. I tried probably 4 different kinds of bifocals and none worked. It was 4 weeks of blurry vision and discomfort as I tried new pairs. Finally he just reordered the Acuvue for me and everything was perfect again. Now that it was time to reorder this year, my doctor could not get them for me. I tried another brand and just like last time, they are thick, hard to get out, have no marks for which is the right side, irritated my eyes, and I couldn’t read with them. I stuck it out for a week since they told me to give them a week so my eyes could adjust. I had no luck with them and had another miserable week since my job is clerical and requires me to see! I finally was lucky enough to find them at an internet site so I will be okay for another 6 months or so. After that, I can only hope that the manufacturer hears all our comments and will make them again!

  48. Jan
    April 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I too am disappointed that the Acuvue Bifocals have been discontinued . I have been wearing them since they came out and nothing works for me. I tried them all. I don’t want to give up my contacts, please reconsider and put them back on the market.

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