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.

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

  1. Cindy
    April 14, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    I am searching for any old stock of Acuvue Bifocal…I have tried for 6 months around 15 different contacts and nothing works…If anyone has any idea’s I would be interested…Can I get these in Canada?

  2. Linda
    April 25, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I had worn Acuvue Bifocals for almost 10 years and then they were discontinued. Like many users, I have spent the past 7 months trying different brands, including Acuvue Oasis for Presbyopia, and different strengths with absolutely no success. With all the thousands of poor reviews and people begging for them to bring back Acuvue bifocals you would think they would, however, the reviews have fallen on deaf ears. Johnson and Johnson does not seem to care that there are so many people out there not able to see any longer! Eye professionals – please hear our pleas and put pressure on Johnson and Johnson to bring back the brands they have discontinued!

  3. Tedd
    April 28, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Please bring back the Accuvue Bifocals-do not like your other solutions
    to change contact lenses. Other lenses too thick, do not feel the same,
    and vision is not the same with them!

  4. Karen
    May 1, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I am very upset the enhancers were discontinued. I’m not sure what the company hopes to accomplish by doing this. I no longer use Acuvue contacts but a completely different brand at my doctors suggestion. I can’t believe the person who made the decision to remove Enhancers is a competent business person. Perhaps Johnson and Johnson needs to look at Visatek and evaluate the situation. I’m sure they are losing other customers besides myself.

  5. Upset!!!!!!
    May 10, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??? Bring those contacts back!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please bring it back. :(

  6. Karen
    May 10, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    So VERY disappointed Johnson & Johnson will no longer have Acuvue colors. I have tried other brands also and none of them are as comfortable or compare in color.
    I’ve been wearing Acuvue Colors for over 7 years, my eyes don’t like anything else!
    I guess, back to glasses.

  7. Synthie
    May 16, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Wore colored Acuvue 2 colored lenses for more than 20 years. I got them after my daughter was born 31 years ago and my daughter also wore them since the 6th grade. They were comfortable and both of us got tons of compliments on the color. (We used aqua with my green eyes and her green/blue eyes.) They made us look happier, me healthier and younger not having dull aging eyes and our eyes looked bigger……………) Have changed brand and stocked up on another aqua lens from a competitor, but if Acuvue would come back, since they were more comfotable, I would definately buy them..

  8. Synthie
    May 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    Oops, I have worn the colored Acuvue for nearly 30 years, not 20…..I first got them in 1984……..

  9. nola collins
    May 21, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    I need my acuvue bifocal back. Nothing else works. What were you thinking????

  10. Cindy G
    May 22, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Very disappointed that Acuvue Color Enhancers are being discontinued. I tried the Green, Aqua, and Blue — and all were lovely. I got comments ALL the time about my eye color, and many people wrote down the name of the contacts/company so that they could ask their eye doctor about them. Now that they are discontinued, I have asked my eye doctor to switch me to an entirely different brand of contacts (Goodbye, Acuvue!) that produce color contacts. I will no longer have any loyalty to this company!

  11. Mark
    June 9, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    I’m joining my voice to the chorus of pleas to restore the Acuvue 2 Colour product line back to the market. As a somewhat vain male, I’ve worn this contact lens (green) for years and the others are right that J&J apparently had the market cornered on this sort of product. There’s clearly ample demand. J&J would cull very good word on the street if they would restore production of these lenses.

  12. Patricia
    June 13, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    I have worn Acuvue 2 color enhancers for over 12 years and am so disappointed that they are no longer available! I have been trying different brands and colors for the past 2 years and NOTHING

  13. Patricia
    June 13, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    NOTHING compares to the Acuvue 2 color enhancer contacts that I have worn for over 12 years! I’ve been trying different brands and cannot find any contacts that compares. The green color was lovely and I cannot find another brand that is as comfortable or as pretty as the the Acuvue2. J & J needs to restore production of these contacts!

  14. Lisa
    June 13, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    I am also very upset that my acuvue colors have been discontinued. I have worn them for many years.please bring them back soon. I’m not happy with any other contact.

  15. Hilary
    June 16, 2015 at 2:54 am

    Shame on the person (and or persons) who thought of discontinuing these amazing contacts! You have let down and disappointed a lot of people. The enhancers that are available make you look like a vampire in a horror film! ( I want to have people enjoy looking at my eyes, not run away in fear.) I hope the person in charge hears and reads our complaints. I am very disappointed in Johnson & Johnson for selling out.

    Please bring back a great product, I really miss the reliability of this product and company.

  16. June 19, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I wore the enhanced blue contacts for over 15 years and loved them. There is no equivalent in the market. I don’t understand why they have been discontinued. We’re they causing any complications that we should be aware of?

  17. Rachel Taylor
    July 1, 2015 at 9:05 am

    I have worn Accuvue Colours for 10+ years. I am very disappointed to learn they have been discontinued. I have tried numerous other products and have been unable to find any contacts I can wear without irritation!

  18. Jo
    July 3, 2015 at 3:13 am

    Shame on you Johnson & Johnson. Just another example of a company not caring about their customers .
    I too just went in for an eye appointment for new prescription on my last pair of acuvue 2 color enhancers only to find out they were discontinued. It’s shameful the company wouldn’t have been more public about pulling a line from millions of users. I would definitely have stocked up. I wore the aquamarine over my green eyes and have compliments every day for the past 10 years. Now I feel like there’s nothing special to stand out. You’d think the company would at least make them by special orders if not stocking the market. My OD says customers have been so unhappy and left in the lurch he recommends a completely different brand and company. Listen to your former customers and please BRING THEM BACK!!!

  19. Paige
    July 5, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Did they do this to make way for the new ‘define’ contacts I’ve been seeing adds for? One thing I liked about the Acuvue enhancers is that there were no noticeable lines like colored lenses for people with darker eyes. My eyes are a green already, so for 20+ years I’ve been wearing the green enhancers. When I found out about the discontinuation, I had in-laws stock up for me in Europe, but alas green was sold out and I’ve been wearing aqua. I’m on my last pair. I guess I’ll try this define one, but they may look fake. Someone mentioned vampire eyes, which was spot on. It’s like the fake lenses they were in Face Off. The enhancers didn’t have that appearance and were natural. Such a shame to take it off the market.

  20. LP
    July 5, 2015 at 8:57 pm

    I’ve worn -9.00 Acuvue for as long as Johnson & Johnson’s made them…Please, please, please bring these color enhancers back!!!! OR let us special order them!!!

  21. meghan
    July 6, 2015 at 1:16 am

    I agree with all of the comments above! !! please please Johnson & Johnson..i would happily specially order the colored lenses and am even willing to pay double or triple the usual amount! Have worn the opaque blue lens for at least 10 years and on my last couple pairs :( …. no other lens compares. …

  22. Dora
    July 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    I am really very disappointed because I can not buy my favourite contact lenses which I used for 6 years it was Acuvue 2 Colors Enhancers Blue.
    I also tried to find other brand or other soluion but not possible it is the perfect product I really loved it. I work as a model so for me would be very important to get again this product!
    Everybody always told what a beautiful eye colour I have and they thought it is mine!
    So now I am suffering without that and anywhere in the internet I can not find it anyomore to buy it.Please dont leave this product and sell again! I wait it very much and I hope that it will be available soon and I will buy a huge quantity as soon as possible! Thank you very much!

  23. Kia
    July 11, 2015 at 10:03 am

    I am EXTREMELY upset that after 15yrs, I’m now no longer able to get the Acuvue 2 Colours (color Honey) My Dr’s office ordered me the Freshlook in honey & the color is completely different as well as the lense itself. I will be returning these & in search for hopefully a color closer to the Acuvue Honey….BRING THEM BACK PLEASE!! This is a terrible decision you all have made!!

  24. Cierra
    July 15, 2015 at 1:40 am

    I’m very upset along with countless others judging by these comments. the enhanced were my favorite, does anyone know a different brand with good colored contacts?

  25. Susanc
    July 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    It is ridiculous. Focus and accuvue have both stopped making enhances whic are the only thing that looks natural. The new lenses with the center cut out are ridiculous and the lines and etchings are the absolute fakest thing ever!!!! They are catering to people with dark eyes. I get they all want to go to new technology but why couldn’t they include the old colors? Not everyone’s eyes are dirt colored!

  26. Denise
    July 23, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Please please bring back my evergreen!!! I have no use for the others and I’m going nuts trying to find replacements that look and feel the same to no avail…

  27. Lvie
    July 24, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I agree to all the comments here. Im Still in search for a comparable replacement to no luck. Hoping j&j will bring back the acuvue2 colours. ;(

  28. JACQUE
    July 28, 2015 at 4:04 am

    PLEEEEEEEZZZZZ BRING THE ACUVUE COLORS BACK!!!!!! I’m on my last pair. Nothing compare to the J&J brand. The comfort is awesome, the color is so natural. Please, please bring them back…..

  29. Melanie
    July 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

    I have worn Acuvue 2 Colours for about 8 years and I absolutely love them! I’ve tried to find a new replacement and nothing is comfortable. My favorite color is chestnut. Please bring this brand back!!!!

  30. Marisa
    July 29, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    This is the worst I have ever gotten, there are no other brands out there where the pupil is colored, as I have small pupils my natural color comes through and you can see the fakeness, of them.. I HATE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! maybe we can sign a petition

  31. Meredith Griffin
    August 5, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    Does anyone at J & J read these? It would be nice if we thought we were being heard. I have been using Acuvue Colors for 10 years. Everyone thought my eyes were naturally Aqua. Anyone out there know where to go for a replacement? Why have these been pulled?

  32. August 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    A few questions. Why did you discontinue the Acuvue Colors Enhanced? I have been wearing them for 16 years without a problem.
    Are you planning to make a comparable replacement anytime soon? If not where can I get a stockpile of them? I am 70 and not a candidate for Lasix surgery and these were the best lenses. Please consider bringing them back. Please.

  33. Jody Tucker
    August 14, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    You need to bring back Acuvue Colours. I have worn them most of my life and everyday someone commented about my eyes. I will be forced to switch to glasses because nothing compares. I will be boycotting all Johnson & Johnson products until you bring them back. I will also encourage every friend, family and acquaintance I meet on the street not to purchase anything with the Johnson & Johnson name associated with it until you come to your senses. BTW I will also be sharing on all social media formats.

  34. Marilyn
    August 23, 2015 at 9:40 pm

    This is sooooo frustrating!! There is NO other rand that offers anything close to what we had with enhancers. I’m so mad at this. Can only think they have the patent to it so even it THEY don’t want to make them anymore, they have assured no one else can and take our business instead of giving it to them. It is so suspicious no one has recreated them, even after the last two years of people like us, long term customers, have been in such an upset about it. You would think someone would see the market in light eyes!!

  35. Lisa baugh
    August 24, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    Ahhh… No colored contacts compare to the enhancers! Please bring my aqua back. I will wear glasses until j&j returns my lenses to production.

    Faithful customer of 17 years!!!

  36. Lisa
    August 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Are there black markets to get enhancers on??i will buy them at risk just to have them??

  37. Nichelle
    August 27, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Are there any contacts that come CLOSE to Acuvue 2?

  38. Kellie
    September 15, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Please please bring back acuvue enhancers! I can’t find a replacement that works for me! I love those lenses. Comfortable and beautiful! Why change a fabulous product? :(

  39. Sojo
    September 16, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Acuvue moist and trueye are terrible. The new contact lens brands cause major eye irritation, that gets worse the longer you attempt to wear them. I wore the old brand for many years with no problems. Had to stop wearing the new brands, which caused nothing but problems.

  40. Marchea
    September 21, 2015 at 7:06 am

    I don’t understaffed how a contact that felt and looked amazing would be discontinued. I have yet to, now or before, find any contact even remotely close to acuvue 2 colors. I am extremely sddned by the discontinuation. Please bring them back. We’ll pay more! Like yhe 84.00 I am paying for air optix which are killing my eyes!

  41. Aimee
    October 2, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    I agree with the above comments. I’ve been wearing the evergreen Acuvue 2 enhancers and blue opaques for over 10 years and now I can’t find anything that fits as well or looks as natural. I would be more than willing to special order the contacts and pay substantially more. I am on my last pair of blue. :-( I am so upset!!! The Air Optixs are SO uncomfortable and unnatural looking!

  42. Kristina
    October 9, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    Years later and people, including myself, are still demanding the return of these contacts daily. That speaks volumes.

  43. Melanie
    October 12, 2015 at 2:49 am

    People have to understand that the reason that many lines of contact lenses are deleted is that they are old technology. I too was totally committed to Acuvue 2 which I wore for 15 years very happily. However they are a low oxygen lens. At a recent eye examination I was diagnosed with neovascularisation as a result of wearing a low oxygen lens for so many years. Now I am FORCED to change to one of the newer high oxygen lenses or risk the condition progressing and possibly having to stop wearing contact lenses altogether and am trialling the Oasys which seems to be going well. I am one of you – a habit forming creature but WE ALL have to accept and be forced to go along with the newer safer technology and should be GLAD that Johnson and Johnson continue to invest in R & D to create safer lenses and delete older lenses which are low oxygen.

  44. Andrea
    January 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    You know damn well this isn’t what your customers want. Everyone loves the enhancers. Stop making up bs excuses and just be honest with people. Are you not making enough money from them? At least we could believe that one. Just read the comments. No one is happy.

  45. Eve
    January 13, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Shame on you Johnson & Johnson- I have used the enhancers for 15 years. I will never recommend your brand to anyone again.

  46. Danielle
    January 16, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Bring back the enhancers! I wore them for years before I had to take a hiatus for a few years from contacts. Just yesterday I went back in to the optometrist and specifically requested acuvue 2 color enhancers and was told they don’t make hem anymore! What the serious fu@&??? Why??? Those enhancers were the best on the market! No other company offers a product to anything close to what they had. What does j & j hope to gain for suspending such a highly sought after product? A hostess effect? Take them away, jist to bring them back and make a boatload of money when people want to by 10 years worth in case you discontinue them again. For shame! Obviously there’s a demand. Here it is! Bring back the enhancers!!

  47. Lynn
    February 13, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I have worn acuvue enhancers in aqua for the last (almost) 20 years and nothing comes close to the comfort of these lenses. Anything else I’ve tried leaves my eyes irritated and I end up wearing my glasses. Please bring them back!!

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