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Acuvue lenses got their start at Frontier Contact Lens Company, a small company that started in the 1950s and opened a branch in Jacksonville. Headed by Seymour Marco, an optometrist, the company started to grow and, after a few years, Marco bought out the New York owners so he could significantly grow the business.
During the 1970s, he developed a new material (etafilcon A) and began making soft lenses at Frontier. In 1981 he sold the company to Johnson & Johnson. J&J renamed Frontier Contact Lenses to Vistakon. With the acquisition of a very manual process - every employee on the production line, whether they were lathing, polishing or inspecting, handled the lenses - scaling up the business was very limited, so Vistakon decided to invest into a new production process.
Utilizing Stabilized Soft Molding (SSM) technology, Vistakon undertook a major overhaul in its production processes. As a result Acuvue was introduced to the market in 1986. The lens was originally indicated for seven-day extended wear and later became a daily wear lens. Today, there is a line which ranges from the 1-day wear to two-week lenses such as the Acuvue 2 and Oasys and the Vita monthly lens.
Family of Acuvue brands
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses:
- 1-Day Acuvue - hydrogel material (available for astigmatism)
- 1-Day Acuvue Moist - hydrogel material (available for astigmatism and presbyopia)
- 1-Day Acuvue TruEye - first silicone hydrogel daily disposable  released 2008 in European Markets and 2010 in North America.
- 1-Day Acuvue Define - hydrogel material (UK release solely in Boots and D&A opticians in 2010)
- 1-Day Acuvue Define Accent - hydrogel material (Far East markets)
- 1-Day Acuvue Oasys with HydraLuxe - silicone hydrogel material
Two Week Disposable:
- Acuvue 2 - hydrogel material
- Acuvue Advance - silicone hydrogel material (available for astigmatism)
- Acuvue Oasys - silicone hydrogel material (available for presbyopia in US and astigmatism in most other markets)
- Acuvue Vita - Methyl ether cellulose
With INFINITY EDGE™ design and HydraMax™ Technology. Plus, Vita uses UV blocking to protect your eyes from 93.4% of UVA and 99.8% of UVB rays.
Surevue was also produced by Vistakon but not under the Acuvue brand. Surevue contact lenses were a less expensive alternative to Acuvue.
- Acuvue.com (official US website)
- Acuvue.com.au (official AU website)
- Acuvue.co.uk (official UK website)
- JnJVisioncare.com (product guide) - for eye care professionals
- Optix-now.com (independent contact lens guide) - for consumers
- Acuvue.co.in (official India website)
- Acuvuearabia.com (official Middle East website)