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Acuvue Bifocal discontinued 2014

Johnson & Johnson - Acuvue BifocalThe contact lenses Acuvue Bifocal will be discontinued 2014 and no longer be manufactured by Johnson & Johnson. We will continue to sell the lenses during 2013, after which we recommend to see your optician to get new samples fitted, to ensure individual suitability. It is not possible to determine suitable samples without a physical consultation, but you may ask your optician for multifocal contact lens samples.

Opticians’ re-branded lenses and how to identify the originals

Have you heard of “Easyvision” before? This is a contact lens in disguise. Highstreet opticians sometimes relabel lenses, for their convenience but at your expense. To create an entirely new packaging does not come for free, so why pay for the overheads when you can actually buy the same lens cheaper in its original packaging online?

How to find your original contact lenses

  1. Find the material on your box or lens container (Omafilcon, Comfilcon, Nelfilcon for example).
  2. Insert the material name into our search field on top of this page and hit enter.
  3. If several lenses appear, verify which lens that is yours by checking BC (base curve) and DIA (diameter) comparing with your current lenses.
  4. You can also check our quick overview of the most common privately labelled lenses.

Why do opticians rebrand contact lenses?

Highstreet opticians such as Specsavers, Boots, Dollond & Aitchison and Vision express are commonly taking original contact lenses, putting them into their own packaging. This is confusing for you as a customer, but clever by the optician as their product appears unique despite the content being identical. They can then charge more, which does not benefit you as a customer. Vision Direct sells original branded lenses and can therefore offer lower prices.

What contact lenses are Pentatonix using?

We wonder what very blue contact lenses Pentatonix used in their remixed version of Daft Punk – Get lucky below.

Our best guess would be Blue artist or Pacific blue. Check our site for other blue lenses (or turquoise lenses) alternatively chat with us directly for contact lenses advice.

Optical industry vlog forecast 2014

Visiondirect.co.uk have the pleasure to share professional insight into the optical industry for 2014. In this vlog, the opticians of Visiondirect present upcoming news and events within optometry; expected product launches and developments by top contact lens manufacturers Coopervision, Bausch & Lomb, Ciba Vision, Johnson & Johnson and R&L Vision.

Summary of part 1

  • New lens: BioTrue for astigmatism
  • New lens: BioTrue monthly contact lenses

Summary of part 2

  • New silicone hydrogel contact lens by R&L Vision
  • Alcon (Ciba Vision / Novartis) to discontinue Focus DAILIES all day comfort in April/May to pitch the successor DAILIES Aquacomfort plus
  • DAILIES Aquacomfort plus will be extended into include new toric and multifocal lenses
  • New silicone hydrogel colored lenses by Alcon, expected colors: blue, green, grey and hazel
  • Coopervision recently launched MyDay, it is expected that they will launch toric and multifocal lenses in similarity to Alcon

List of discontinued products at Visiondirect.co.uk

Discontinued products at Visiondirect.co.uk

Is the product you are looking for not on the list? Some products can be temporarily out of stock, but later be ordered. If it takes the supplier a long time to deliver, we may take specific products, prescriptions or colors offline to avoid long delivery times for customers.

Products that may be temporarily offline at Visiondirect.co.uk

For recommendations, read the product pages and/or related blog posts linked from the products names. For any outstanding questions, feel free to contact us directly via live chat!

Acuvue 2 Colors discontinued

The fornightly colored contact lenses Acuvue 2 Colors are discontinued at Visiondirect.co.uk and will no longer be produced after December 31, 2013. In this post, we inform what parameters the lens was available in as well as giving recommendations for possible replacements.

What is Acuvue 2 Colors?

The lens Acuvue 2 Colors was available in a 6-pack with colors that would either completely change the eye color of lighter or darker eyes, or intensify lighter eyes. Available colors were: Opaques (BC 8.3 and DIA 14.0): Sapphire Blue, Jade Green, Warm Honey, Deep Blue, Chestnut Brown, Hazel Green, Pearl Grey. Enhancers (BC 8.3/8.7 and DIA 14.0): Ocean Blue, Aquamarine, Emerald Green

Use to completely change the color of light or dark eyes.Use to intensify the color of light eyes.

Replacement lenses for Acuvue 2 Colors

Other colored lenses made of the same material Etafilcon A are the monthly replacements Flora, that comes in Blue, Green, Grey or Hazel. The color result however, will likely be different if you compare product images of Flora to the Acuvue 2 Colors.

On the other hand, if you are willing to try another material (comfort level may be different) you can see other colored lenses with the same description for Sapphire blue, Jade Green, Pearl Grey, Aquamarine and Emerald Green.

As always, consult with your optician for a personal recommendation.


Ciba Vision Air optix discontinued

The silicone hydrogel contacts Air optix were discontinued. The manufacturer Alcon (a.k.a. Ciba Vision) recommends Air optix aqua as replacements. We recommend to ask your optician for trial lenses fitted prior to ordering Air optix aqua cheap online, to ensure individual suitability.

Ciba Vision Focus Progressives discontinued

The contact lenses Focus Progressives for correction of presbyopia were discontinued. The manufacturer Alcon (a.k.a. Ciba Vision) recommends Air optix aqua multifocal as replacement lenses. We recommend to request a pair of trial lenses from your optician to ensure individual suitability prior to ordering Air optix aqua multifocal cheap online.

Ciba Vision Freshlook Radiance discontinued

The coloured contacts Freshlook Radiance were discontinued by the manufacturer Alcon (previously Ciba Vision). As replacements, you can either check other Freshlook contact lenses or our full selection of coloured contact lenses. Click on individual product images to get an approximate color effect (end result will depend on your individual eye color).

Hydron Actifresh 400 discontinued

The contact lens Hydron Actifresh 400 has been discontinued. The manufacturer CooperVision recommends Proclear as a replacement lens. If you have questions regarding your individual suitability, ask your optician.