Acuvue contacts are the world’s leading contact lens brand. Derived from the words “Accurate View,” Acuvue contacts are high-quality, soft contact lenses available in several variations to correct refractive errors. They are manufactured by US company Johnson & Johnson.
The brand came into existence from Frontier Contacts Lens Company, a small company founded in Buffalo, New York. Johnson & Johnson acquired the company in 1981 and rebranded it as Vistakon.
Acuvue was first introduced in 1987 as seven-day extended wear contact lenses, later becoming daily wear lenses. They were the world’s first disposable contact lenses and have since become the most notable soft disposable contact lens brand.
The company continues to invest in innovative research to enhance the quality of its contact lenses and improve user experience. Today, they have a lineup of products on the market for meeting a range of vision needs.
Acuvue contacts are available in several replacement schedules, including daily, biweekly, monthly and extended wear.
Acuvue daily contacts are meant to be used once, discarded, and replaced with a fresh pair. They are convenient and ideal for busy people who may not have the time to clean and care for their contacts. They are also healthy and perfect for people with allergies as they don’t lead to bacteria buildup.
Acuvue biweekly contacts are intended to be worn daily and replaced within 14 days. They are also known as two-week contacts and must also be taken out each night and cleaned before reuse. Acuvue biweekly contacts offer a balance between comfort and lower maintenance. They are also cheaper and more cost-effective than daily contact.
Acuvue Monthly contact lenses are contacts you can wear daily for a month or 30 days before disposing of them. You also need to take them out every night and clean them before reusing them the next day. Monthly contact lenses are usually more affordable and lead to less waste than daily and biweekly contacts.
Acuvue extended wear contacts are contact lenses you can wear continuously for six nights or seven days before removing them. They are thinner and allow more oxygen than other lens types. Extended wear contacts are highly convenient and are ideal for people with extremely poor vision who want to wake up with their contacts. Acuvue Oasys with HydraClear Plus brand contacts are approved by the FDA for extended wear.
Acuvue rolls out its contact lenses as a part of a brand family. These include:
Acuvue Oasys brand contact lenses are comfortable with moisture-infused technology to keep the eyes hydrated with invisible edges for enhanced comfort. They feature the highest level of UV protection among the Acuvue product range, making them perfectly suited for outdoor sports and other outdoor activities. Popular contacts in the Acuvue Oasys product line include:
Acuvue Vita brand contact lenses are monthly contacts designed to maximize hydration and provide superior comfort for one month. They feature HydraMax technology that provides lasting comfort and hydration throughout the month. Acuvue Vita contacts also feature Class 1 UV protection, the highest of any contact lens. Popular Acuvue Vita contacts include:
Acuvue Moist brand contacts are daily disposables designed to keep moisture in and irritation out. They employ LACREON technology to provide a lasting moisture cushion for exceptional comfort, making them perfect for sensitive and dry eyes. Acuvue Moist brand contacts also offer the highest level of UV protection you’ll find in daily disposable contacts. The Acuvue Moist product family includes:
Acuvue 2 brand contact lenses are versatile biweekly contacts that provide sharp vision and comfort for 14 days. They are designed for easy handling and quick application with visibility tints and inside-out indicators.
Acuvue 2 contacts feature Acuvue’s INFINITY EDGE design that causes the eyelids to glide as if there’s nothing there. They are also renowned for their high oxygen permeability and UV protection that shield your eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Popular Acuvue 2 contacts include:
Acuvue TrueEye brand contacts are daily contacts offering exceptional comfort with an innovative design for people who want total relief when wearing contacts. They feature HydraClear technology, which keeps the eyes hydrated and allows high oxygen permeability, providing unmatched comfort. Acuvue TruEye brand contacts offer the highest level of UV protection in a contact lens, making them perfect for use even on the brightest days. Popular TruEye contacts include:
Acuvue Define brand contacts allow you to boost your natural eye color for an enhanced look in addition to vision correction. They are daily disposables and feature LACREON technology for all-day comfort and hydration. These contacts have an iris-inspired design that blends with your eye color for more definition and depth.
Acuvue Define brand contacts come in many variants, including:
They also feature one of the highest levels of UV protection in a contact lens.
Acuvue contacts are designed with proprietary technologies that let them provide enhanced performance and comfort.
Available technologies for Acuvue include:
HydraLuxe is a wetting technology that uses a unique tear-infused design that mimics natural mucins to support a stable tear film. This technology helps tears wet the lenses the way they would your eyes.
HydraLuxe technology involves an enhanced network of tear-like molecules using Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and highly breathable hydrated silicone integrated with the tear film for enhanced comfort.
It is found in Acuvue Oasys daily disposable contacts.
HydraClear Plus from Acuvue embeds tear-like molecules made from Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) that mimic the mucins found in tear film to help support a stable tear film. It delivers long-lasting hydration, like a sponge, keeping the eyes moist and the lenses comfortable throughout the day.
HydraClear Plus technology is found in Acuvue Oasys and TruEye contacts.
LACREON technology embeds a water-holding agent similar to that found in natural tears in the contact lens material to provide a lasting moisture cushion. The wetting agent is in the lens itself and cannot be blinked away, so your eyes are kept hydrated all day, no matter the environment.
LACREON technology is found in Acuvue Moist and Define contacts.
Infinity Edge is a unique lens design that focuses on supporting the eyelids to glide over the lens smoothly when blinking, so the wearer does not feel anything in their eyes. This design is achieved by minimizing the thickness of the lens edge and its proximity area, i.e., making the angle at the corner between the inner side of the lens and the outer surface as small as possible.
Infinity Edge Design is found in Acuvue 2, Acuvue Vita, Acuvue Moist, and Acuvue Define contact lenses.
Blink Stabilized Design, also known as Accelerated Stabilization Design, is used in contact lenses for astigmatism to get the eyes to realign naturally each time the wearer blinks. Astigmatism contacts need to stay in place for stable vision, and factors like gravity or sudden movement can move them out of position.
Contact lenses with Blink Stabilized Design are much thinner under the eyelids, and there is reduced contact/eyelid interaction and less movement when blinking. The unique placement of four active zones in the design increases lens stability and repositioning, so each blink realigns the lens in place even in extreme conditions.
Contact lenses with Blink Stabilized Design include Acuvue Oasys, Acuvue Vita, and Acuvue Moist for Astigmatism.
Acuvue contact lenses also feature technology to protect the eyes from the transmission of potentially harmful UV rays directly from the sun or reflected from a source. Standard sunglasses may offer some level of UV blocking, but rays can enter from the side to reach the eyes.
All Acuvue brand contacts have Class 1 or Class 2 UV blocking to help provide UV protection. Acuvue contacts block more than 85% UVA rays and 98% UVB rays as standard across the product range.
HydraMax is an internal wetting technology that incorporates natural tear lipids to provide hydration and lubrication throughout the lens. The hydrating agent – polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) – integrates with the eye’s natural lipids to prevent evaporation and enhance hydration for superior, month-long, lasting comfort.
HydraMax technology is found in Acuvue Vita Monthly contacts and Acuvue Vita for Astigmatism.
Acuvue contact lenses are available for correcting all types of refractive errors, including:
Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a condition where an individual can see nearby objects clearly but find distant objects blurry or fuzzy. It is a refractive error that occurs when light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina – the light-sensitive part of the eye – instead of on it, usually because the eyeball is too long or the cornea is too rounded.
Acuvue contact lenses for nearsightedness correct the condition by diverging the light rays, which reduces the eye’s focusing power and moves the focus point back onto the retina.
Farsightedness, also known as hyperopia, occurs when an individual can see distant objects but cannot see nearby objects clearly. It occurs when light entering the eye focuses behind the retina instead of on it, usually because the eyeball is shorter than normal or the cornea is too flat. The eye, in this case, does not have enough focusing power, and light rays cannot form a focus point when they reach the retina.
When prescribed for farsightedness, Acuvue contact lenses converge light rays, increase the eye’s focusing power and move the focus point back onto the retina.
Astigmatism is caused by an uneven curvature of the cornea or lens that limits the eye’s ability to focus light properly on the retina. It causes blurred or distorted vision and makes it difficult to identify shapes and make out details. People with astigmatism see halos and glares around lights at night. It can also cause eyestrain, headaches, and fatigue.
Acuvue contacts for astigmatism have a special toric shape that creates different focusing powers to correct corneal or lenticular astigmatism.
Presbyopia is a refractive error that causes the eyes to lose the ability to focus with time. The eye lens is elastic and flexible, meaning that it can change shape to accommodate light rays and focus them on the retina. Presbyopia occurs when the lens loses this flexibility with age and cannot focus light on the retina.
The symptoms of presbyopia begin to show up at around age 40. They manifest as difficulty reading small print or the need to hold reading material at an arm’s distance to focus and read properly.
Acuvue brand contacts for presbyopia have different built-in powers to allow the eyes to adapt to different distances for clear, far, near, and intermediate vision.
Yes. Acuvue contacts are recognized among the best in the world. They are ideal for wearers with dry, sensitive eyes, and their built-in UV blocker protects your eyes from the potentially harmful ultraviolet rays.How long can you wear a pair of Acuvue Oasys contacts?
How long you can wear a pair of Acuvue Oasys contacts depends on the lens type and your doctor’s approval. You can wear Acuvue Oasys contacts approved for extended wear for up to six nights/seven days. Otherwise, they are daily wear contacts to be removed every night and cleaned before reuse.Can you shower with Acuvue contacts?
Unless approved for extended wear, you must remove your contacts before entering the shower to avoid contamination from microorganisms present in the water.How many boxes of contacts is a six-month supply?
A six-month supply of Acuvue daily contacts 90 Pack will be four boxes (two per eye) and 12 boxes (six per eye) for a 30 Pack supply. For monthly contacts, you will need two boxes (one per eye) for a box of six lenses.How do I read my contact lens prescription?
You’ll find your contact lens prescription on a piece of paper given to you by your eye doctor during a routine checkup. Reading your contact lens prescription entails understanding the abbreviations on the prescriptions and what they mean.Who cannot wear contact lenses?
Most people can use contact lenses easily. However, people who have recurrent dry eyes, allergies, and those who have severe eye infections may be hard to fit for contact lenses.Is your glasses prescription the same as contacts?
No. Glasses and contacts have different prescriptions. Contacts rest directly on your eyes, while glasses sit about 12 millimeters away from your eyes. Contact lens prescriptions include parameters not found in glasses, like power, base curve, diameter, contact lens brand, material, or type. Glass prescriptions also contain a cylinder and axis value absent on contact lens prescriptions.Is Acuvue Oasys being discontinued?
No. Acuvue Oasys contacts are not being discontinued. However, some Acuvue brand contacts like Acuvue Advance have been discontinued and remade into better Acuvue Oasys contacts.How long can I wear one-day contacts?
One-day contacts are single-use daily disposable contacts that you wear once and discard before bed. You can wear these contacts for eight to 16 hours at a time before removing and replacing them with a fresh pair.