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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!!

  5. 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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