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Self-tinting contact lenses are on their way

Self-tinting contact lenses ar...
Acuvue Oasys With Transitions contacts are due for release in 2019
Acuvue Oasys With Transitions contacts are due for release in 2019
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Acuvue Oasys With Transitions contacts are due for release in 2019
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Acuvue Oasys With Transitions contacts are due for release in 2019

Over the years, we've gotten pretty used to glasses with photochromic lenses, which automatically darken when exposed to bright light. This Wednesday, however, Johnson & Johnson Vision announced the upcoming availability of its self-tinting contact lenses.

Developed in partnership with Transitions Optical, the contacts are known as Acuvue Oasys With Transitions. They'll still correct vision problems just like normal prescription contacts, but will also "quickly and seamlessly adjust from clear to dark in response to changing light conditions," filtering blue light and blocking UV rays.

That said, Johnson & Johnson does stress that they aren't intended to be a replacement for sunglasses, as they don't cover the entire eye.

According to the company, the lenses have been in development for over a decade, and have been the subject of numerous clinical trials involving over 1,000 people. Now, they've achieved clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for the attenuation of bright light.

The two-week reusable Acuvue Oasys With Transitions contacts should be commercially available in the first half of next year.

Source: Johnson & Johnson Vision

3 comments
Trylon
In development for only a decade? I've been wishing for these since the 1980s.
Ryan Gibbons
These seem like they will be my first contacts. Just add the ability to project a seemless mixed reality heads up display in these, and I will be satisfied!
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Maybe we will soon have photochromic IOLs.