26 May 2014

Acuvue contact lenses praised in Japanese report

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care has announced that its 1-Day Acuvue Define and Acuvue 2 Define contact lenses have been mentioned positively in a report on popular brands of coloured and limbal ring contact lenses sold in Asia Pacific by The National Consumer Affairs Center (NCAC) of Japan. 

The NCAC report, Safety of Color Contact Lenses, stated that some manufacturers have inaccurately claimed "no pigment on the surface" of their lenses but highlighted that 1-Day Acuvue Define and Acuvue 2 Define lenses do indeed lack colour pigment on the surface of the lenses. Johnson & Johnson Vision Care's 1-Day Acuvue Define and Acuvue 2 Define contact lenses have the colorants embedded between two thin, transparent layers of lens material, and the design prevents the pigment from reaching the surface.

The 57-page NCAC report, co-sponsored by the Japan Ophthalmological Association and the Japan Contact Lens Society focused primarily
on two areas: product attributes and side effects. Issues raised by the NCAC report ranged from lenses being out of specification for base curve or diameter; lenses being too thick and potentially affecting oxygen transmissibility, to pigment found on the surface of lenses; as well as side effects like corneal swelling. 

According to Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, 1-Day Acuvue Define is the "one brand" referred to when the report stated: "Except for 1 brand, eye complications (corneal edema, corneal staining, or conjunctival staining), which require medical treatment or contact lens wear suspension (Efron grade 3, 4), were observed."

The report advises consumers to visit their eye care professional for regular eye exams and to consult on their correct usage and choice of coloured contact lenses.

Kathy Park, Area Vice President Asia Pacific, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care said, "Patient safety is our top priority and consumers and eye care professionals must feel confident in the contact lenses that they prescribe or wear on a daily basis."

"We have built rigourous quality checks into our processes to produce contact lenses that meet carefully controlled standards before leaving our manufacturing facilities. We trust this report will assure consumers that they can feel very confident when they, or their eye care professional, continue or choose to use our
1-Day Acuvue Define."

1-Day Acuvue Define is a leading brand of contact lenses in Singapore. There are three variations available in Asia, Accent, Vivid Style and Natural Shine.

More information about the NCAC and its report is available here.