Good news to contact lens wearers or those who are tired of wearing glasses with awkward transition lenses, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the world’s first contact lens with light-adaptive technology that automatically darkens the lens when exposed to bright light, protecting the eyes from harmful UV radiation.
As per the press release posted on their website, “The Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology are soft contact lenses indicated for daily use to correct the vision of people with non-diseased eyes who are nearsighted (myopia) or farsighted (hyperopia). They can be used by people with certain degrees of astigmatism, an abnormal curvature of the eye.”
“This contact lens is the first of its kind to incorporate the same technology that is used in eyeglasses that automatically darken in the sun,” said Malvina Eydelman, director of the Division of Ophthalmic, and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices at the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health.
“The FDA reviewed scientific evidence including a clinical study of 24 patients that evaluated daytime and nighttime driving performance while wearing the contact lenses. The results of the study demonstrated there was no evidence of concerns with either driving performance or vision while wearing the lenses.”
The FDA granted clearance of the Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology to Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. According to their press release, the two-week reusable, spherical contact lens will be commercially available in the first half of 2019.
Keeping our fingers crossed that it won’t take forever for this product to reach the Philippine shores.