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A New Category of Contact Lenses to Launch

April 18, 2018

Transitions Optical has partnered with Johnson & Johnson Vision to make its light-adaptive photochromic technology available in a contact lens. ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology creates a new category of contact lenses, and expands the photochromic category beyond eyeglass lenses, Transitions Optical notes.

“Transitions Optical has long been the leader in light management technology, mastering light for over 28 years. We have a history of product innovations from the first successful plastic photochromic lenses to lenses with variable polarization. Our focus has always been on using innovation to break new ground and grow the photochromic category,” says Chrystel Barranger, president of Essilor Photochromics and Transitions Optical. “This breakthrough technology will revolutionize contact lenses and photochromics by introducing the benefits of light adaptation to more patients.”

ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology provides wearers with vision correction and a photochromic filter designed to continuously balance the amount of light entering the eye. These contact lenses were made to adjust from clear to dark in response to changing sunlight conditions; reducing exposure to bright light indoors and outdoors, including filtering blue light based on the level of activation and blocking UV rays † ‡.

“Eyeglass wearers have long enjoyed the light management benefits of Transitions lenses. We know that people who wear our product love it,” adds Barranger. “Innovations like this reflect our efforts to diversify our product offering, modernize our brand and make it relevant to more, and younger, wearers. Now, whether they are wearing contacts or eyeglasses at different stages of their life, all types of people can enjoy the benefits of Transitions Light Intelligent Technology.”

ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and is indicated for attenuation of bright light. The two-week reusable, spherical contact lens will be commercially available from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. in first half of 2019.

†Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.

‡WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long-term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.

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