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.

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

  1. Wendy
    March 12, 2015 at 9:43 am

    So I have tried & tried over the last year to find a replacement for the perfect Acuvue 2 enhancers (green) that I’ve worn for at least 10 years. Nothing works! I’ve dragged out wearing the lenses I already owned and am now on my last pair of lenses & wondering if I’m just switching to my glasses. That enhancer color was so perfect; I was known for it. Everyday someone would comment on my eyes, never guessing it was contacts (though I would tell them to drum up sales). I’ve tried on numerous lenses with my doctor & none of them come close. Please bring back our enhancer lenses!

  2. Susan
    March 18, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I loved the enhancers on my green eyes, they are the only lenses out there that look natural and have no tell tale lines. I wore them for beauty not for need. Where can i stock up on them? I had no idea they were being discontinued? Surely i can biy them somewhere still with no rx? Im gutted!

  3. Susan
    March 22, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    I used the acuvue colors for 9 years and just found out they were pulled! I’m very upset!!! I always got compliments and now I have to find a new brand!!!! Why couldn’t they just update the brand instead of doing a whole new one?! Everyone loved my eyes especially me, it was my favorite part of myself and now they are gone!

  4. Shannon smotherman
    March 26, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I went in for a new eye exam today only to find out I can no longer get the color enhancers. I tried several pair of the new colors and quite frankly they suck and are over priced. I cannot believe J&J discontinued the enhancers. Now I am in search of a new brand of contacts. Apparently a lot of people liked the enhancers so this seems to be a bad move on your part. Please bring the enhancers back.

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