Two Studies Measure Performance of ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology Contact Lenses in Simulated Sunlight, Day and Night Driving Conditions

  • First-of-its-kind photochromic contact lens delivered improved visual function compared to transparent contact lenses in simulated sunlight
  • Subjects wearing photochromic contact lenses performed equal or better across several measures in daytime and nighttime driving compared to wearing transparent lenses alone or with photochromic spectacles

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 6, 2018 -- Johnson & Johnson Vision today announced that data from two new studies on the visual effects of photochromic contact lenses will be presented at the 2018 American Academy of Optometry Annual Meeting in San Antonio (Academy 2018 San Antonio). Both studies are among the 'most newsworthy' at the meeting, as selected by the American Academy of Optometry. These are the first scientific presentations focused on photochromic contact lens technology since the lenses received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in April.

Comparing the visual effects of photochromic and clear contact lenses
In a study of 58 subjects, there was a clear benefit to visual function when comparing the activated photochromic contact lens with a transparent contact lens1 on the same individual in simulated sunlight conditions. Specifically, compared to eyes wearing transparent contact lenses, eyes wearing the photochromic contact lenses experienced, on average:

  • 43% faster photostress recovery (vision recovering after exposure to bright light); in a real-world scenario, this can represent up to five seconds faster recovery of vision
  • 38% less squint
  • 27% less impairment of vision (when bright light reduces visibility, or disrupts vision)
  • 32% improved chromatic contrast (when one color stands out more than another)

"In real-world environments, people are exposed to a variety of lighting conditions, and sunlight can be one of the most disruptive conditions for eyes and visual function," said Billy R. Hammond, PhD, Professor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at the University of Georgia. "Based on these study results, we see that photochromic contact lenses can provide true visual benefits during outdoor activities." 

Dr. Hammond will present study findings at Academy 2018 San Antonio on November 7, 1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. in Room 303 of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Dr. Hammond's research was funded by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

Photochromic contact lenses' impact on daytime and nighttime driving performance
In daytime and nighttime driving conditions, 24 subjects wearing photochromic contact lenses demonstrated equal or better performance across several measures compared to subjects wearing transparent contact lenses alone or with photochromic spectacles.

"Interestingly, subjects wearing the photochromic contact lenses were able to read road signs from about 17.8 meters farther away at night than subjects wearing non-photochromic lenses,"1 said John R. Buch, OD, Senior Principal Research Optometrist at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.  

Dr. Buch will present study findings during Academy 2018 San Antonio, November 8, 8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. in Hemisfair Ballroom C1 of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Availability of ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology
Earlier this year, Johnson & Johnson Vision announced it had received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, a first-of-its-kind contact lens that provides wearers with vision correction and a dynamic photochromic filter that helps to continuously balance the amount of light entering the eye for all-day soothing vision.2 These contact lenses quickly and seamlessly adjust from clear to dark in response to changing light conditions, reducing exposure to bright light indoors and outdoors, including filtering blue light and blocking UV rays.†‡ACUVUE OASYS with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology will be available in the United States in the first half of 2019.

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Important information for contact lens wearers:
ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately. For more information on proper wear, care and safety, talk to your eye care professional, call 1-800-843-2020, or download the Patient Instruction Guide.

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.

ACUVUE®   is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. Transitions is a registered trademark, the Transitions logo, Transitions Light Intelligent Technology and Transitions Light Intelligent Lenses are trademarks of Transitions Optical, Inc. used under license by Transitions Optical Limited.

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© Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. 2018

1 The transparent lens used in this study was ACUVUE® OASYS with HYDRACLEAR® PLUS. 
2 Soothing vision is the ability to see comfortably in bright light.