Press releases

Vistakon UPP, discontinuations, and 12 packs

Vistakon announced some big changes to their portfolio:

To further demonstrate our commitment to prescribers, beginning this week, many of you will begin to hear from your JJVC Sales Representative about our new pricing strategy within the United States. This includes a Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for our ACUVUE® OASYS® and 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST® Families of Products and our 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand Contact Lenses. We believe the multifaceted nature of this new pricing strategy and the variety of elements that comprise the program will allow you to refocus the critical doctor/patient conversation on eye health and product performance, rather than cost. Also, by removing the complexity of rebates and building these savings into our new pricing, we believe we will be able to reach more patients with instant savings, while providing a simpler approach for everyone.

Additionally, this week we are introducing a new six-month supply pack of ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses (12 lenses per box) in all available parameters. Effective July 1, 2014, we will no longer be shipping three-month supply packs (six lenses per box) of this product. In a study that captured actual product use patterns among ACUVUE® OASYS® Brand three-month and annual supply users across a four-month time period, research showed that patients with larger pack sizes tended to be more compliant in replacing their lenses bi-weekly as recommended by their doctor. Moreover, these patients had a significantly better wearing experience with respect to better comfort throughout the day, at the end of the day, and throughout the wear cycle.

In summary:

  • they will be following Alcon's lead and introducing Unilateral Pricing Policy (UPP) for their most popular products.
  • They will switch from 6 packs to 12 pack supplies for Oasys lenses.

Additionally, they have announced discontinuations of the following products (while supplies last):

 

BrandDiagnostic DiscontinuedRevenue Discontinued
Acuvue December 2007 March 31, 2015
Acuvue Advance November 2010 March 31, 2015
Acuvue Advance for Astigmatism March 2014 March 31, 2015
Acuvue Advance Plus August 1, 2014 March 31, 2015

Alcon Introduces Air Optix Colors

Air Optix Colors

Alcon introduces their long awaited Air Optix Colors:

"Alcon, the global leader in eye care and a division of Novartis, announced today the launch of AIR OPTIX® COLORS prescription contact lenses, a new color contact lens that encapsulates Alcon’s 3-in-1 Color Technology in a silicone hydrogel lens.  Available in nine colors ranging from subtle to vibrant, AIR OPTIX® COLORS contact lenses are the first monthly-replacement, daily-wear color lenses available in the U.S. on a silicone hydrogel platform, allowing up to six times more oxygen through the contact lens compared to the leading, older technology color contact lens.1* The natural-looking color is contained within the innovative lens material, so that the only thing touching the wearer’s eyes is the ultra-smooth permanent plasma surface of AIR OPTIX® brand contact lenses. Contact lens wearers can enjoy beautiful, comfortable lens wear.  "

“The scientific advancements in AIR OPTIX® COLORS make this lens the biggest breakthrough in the color contact lens industry in more than a decade,” said Carla Mack, OD, MBA, FAAO, Director of Professional and Clinical Support, for U.S. Vision Care at Alcon. “We know our consumers – Millennials in particular – want the ability to enhance their eye color in a natural, beautiful way. Now, we can give them an option that’s not only stunning, but also incredibly comfortable.”

Sauflon launch clariti® to the United States market

SAUFLON ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF WORLD’S FIRST AND ONLY FAMILY OF SILICONE HYDROGEL DAILY DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES TO THE UNITED STATES MARKET.clariti-1day-family1

– World’s Fastest Growing Contact Lens Company to Introduce clariti® 1 day, the First Family of Sphere, Toric and Multifocal Silicone Hydrogel Daily Disposable Contact Lenses

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2014 — Sauflon, the world’s fastest growing contact lens company, today announced that it is entering the U.S. contact lens market with its award-winning clariti 1 day silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses. As the world’s first and only family of sphere, toric and multifocal silicone hydrogel daily disposable contact lenses, clariti 1 day is able to satisfy the broad range of practitioner and patient needs. Sauflon’s breakthrough AquaGen™ technology produces high quality silicone hydrogel lenses that provide exceptional comfort and affordable convenience for the wearer.

Read more: Sauflon launch clariti® to the United States market

CooperVision Launches Biofinity® XR Contact Lenses

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Pleasanton, CA, October 21, 2013— CooperVision, Inc. today announced the launch of its Biofinity® XR contact lens brand. This is

an extension to its popular Biofinity (comfilcon A) silicone hydrogel technology, allowing practitioners to confidently fit a greater number of monthly replacement lens patients, including those with significant hyperopia and myopia.  


Every day, countless people who suffer from severe near- and far-sightedness are faced with less than optimal choices to correct their vision. Thick glasses can create distortion and upend fashion sensibilities. Older contact lens materials limit “breathability,” with less oxygen reaching the eye. And the latest high performance lenses have only covered a limited range of prescriptions. 


The Biofinity XR lens is the first of its kind that combines high oxygen permeability with all-day comfort characteristics required for wearers with more demanding prescriptions. With Biofinity XR, more people can enjoy the benefits of modern contact lens material and design, helping them live life without the hassle of glasses. 


“The availability of Biofinity XR gives eye care practitioners another reason to make it a monthly lens of choice, whether transitioning Proclear® wearers, upgrading from a competitive lens, or introducing a broader span of spectacle wearers to soft lenses,” said Dr. Juan Carlos Aragon, senior vice president, Global Professional & Clinical Affairs, CooperVision. “The same outstanding vision, fit and comfort properties that the eye care community has come to expect from Biofinity are now available with Biofinity XR lenses.”


Biofinity XR is the only extended range monthly contact lens brand with Aquaform® Technology. This technology makes the lens material highly breathable so more oxygen reaches the eyes, helping keep them clearer and whiter with less irritation. It also ensures that the lenses are naturally and uniformly wettable for smoothness and comfort, and maintains softness and flexibility for more gentle wear from the first day to the last.


Biofinity XR lenses are now available in powers from +8.50 to +15.00 (0.50 steps) and -12.50 to -20.00 (0.50 steps). The current Biofinity line continues to be available in +8.00 to -12.00 powers.

Introducing Synergeyes Ultrahealth

SynergeyesSynergEyes UltraHealth™ is the first hybrid contact lens designed for irregular cornea patients made with silicone hydrogel, a material that provides a higher amount of oxygen to the eye than previous SynergEyes irregular cornea contact lenses. Irregular cornea, keratoconus, and ectasia patients now have access to a lens that provides an unprecedented combination of superior vision and all-day comfort while helping to maintain eye health.