JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 28, 2007
Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., today announced that its ACUVUE® ADVANCE with HYDRACLEAR, ACUVUE® ADVANCE for ASTIGMATISM, and ACUVUE® OASYS with HYDRACLEAR PLUS Brand Contact Lenses are the first contact lenses to receive the World Council of Optometry's (WCO) Global Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses. The announcement was made at the annual meeting of the American Optometric Association in Boston.

"In awarding the Global Seal of Acceptance, the World Council of Optometry Global Commission on Ophthalmic Standards (WCO GCOS), which provides independent evaluation of ophthalmic related products, has determined that the ACUVUE® ADVANCE and ACUVUE® OASYS brands meet established, recognized and accepted standards that are adopted by the WCO GCOS," said WCO President Robert Chappell. "These include published standards of International Standards Organization (ISO) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI)."

The ISO and ANSI standards classify UV-blocking contact lenses into two groups based on the lens' absorptive capacity at its minimum thickness. Class 2 UV-blockers must absorb at least 70 percent of UVA and more than 95 percent of UVB radiation. Class 1 UV-blockers must absorb a minimum of 90 percent UVA and at least 99 percent UVB radiation. Only products that meet these standards may claim to be UV blocking. All three lenses previously received the American Optometric Association (AOA) Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbers/Blockers.

ACUVUE® Contact Lenses offer effective UV-blocking

"Not all contact lens lines offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels," explains Cristina Schnider, OD, Director, Medical Affairs, VISTAKON, Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. "All ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses offer effective UV-blocking, and among contact lens brands, ACUVUE® ADVANCE, ACUVUE® ADVANCE for ASTIGMATISM, and ACUVUE® OASYS with more than 90 percent of UVA rays and 99 percent of UVB rays blocked*†are the only lenses to achieve Class I UV blocking status."

Experts say the effects of UV radiation are cumulative and can do irreversible harm to all structures of the eye and surrounding tissue that are left unprotected or under-protected. Certain conditions, such as age-related cataract, may not manifest for years at which point the damage is already done and it is too late to reverse the effects of the sun. "That's why it is important to get maximum protection beginning in childhood," advises Dr. Schnider. "The most complete measure of UV protection can be achieved with a combination of UV-absorbing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking contact lenses."

Because they cover the entire cornea and limbus, UV-blocking contact lenses offer an added level of protection when worn with UV blocking sunglasses. While many sunglasses block UV rays that enter through the lenses, most do not prevent unfiltered rays from reaching the eyes through the sides, as well as the top, and/or bottom of the glasses. Due to their inability to block these peripheral rays, some sunglasses block as little as 50 percent of all UV radiation from reaching the eyes.

"It is just as important to block these peripheral UV rays," warns Dr. Schnider. "UV-blocking contact lenses provide added protection by effectively blocking sunlight that may enter the cornea from the top, bottom, or sides of the glasses." Although UV-blocking contact lenses provide important added protection for patients, they should not be viewed as a stand-alone solution. Contact lenses should always be worn in conjunction with high-quality UV-blocking sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat for maximum UV protection for the eyes.

ACUVUE® ADVANCE Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR, ACUVUE® ADVANCE for ASTIGMATISM and ACUVUE® OASYS Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR PLUS are indicated for daily wear vision correction. ACUVUE® OASYS may also be worn for up to six consecutive nights/seven days of extended wear as recommended by an eye care professional.

Contact lenses should not be worn for longer periods than recommended by an eye care professional. As with all contact lenses, eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may also experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be worn if the wearer has an eye infection or experiences eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If these conditions occur, the wearer should contact their eye care professional. Consult the patient information guide available from your doctor for complete information.

About The World Council of Optometry

WCO is an international organization dedicated to the enhancement and development of eye and vision care worldwide. Representing over 200,000 optometrists from 75 member organizations in 41 countries, WCO serves as a forum for optometric organizations to respond to public health needs and opportunities around the world. The WCO is a member of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness and maintains official relations with the World Health Organization.

Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc.

The VISTAKON division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., specializes in disposable contact lenses which it markets under such brand names as ACUVUE, ACUVUE® ADVANCE with HYDRACLEAR, ACUVUE® ADVANCE for ASTIGMATISM, ACUVUE® OASYS with HYDRACLEAR PLUS, ACUVUE® and ACUVUE® 2; 1-DAY ACUVUE; ACUVUE® BIFOCAL; ACUVUE® TORIC and ACUVUE® 2 COLOURS.

ACUVUE, ACUVUE® ADVANCE, HYDRACLEAR, ACUVUE® OASYS, ACUVUE® 2 COLOURS, and VISTAKON are trademarks of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

† Helps protect against transmission of harmful UV radiation to the cornea and into the eye.

WARNING: UV-absorbing contact lenses are NOT substitutes for protective UV-absorbing eyewear such as UV-absorbing goggles or sunglasses because they do not completely cover the eye and surrounding area. You should continue to use UV-absorbing eyewear as directed. NOTE: Long term exposure to UV radiation is one of the risk factors associated with cataracts. Exposure is based on a number of factors such as environmental conditions (altitude, geography, cloud cover) and personal factors (extent and nature of outdoor activities). UV-Blocking contact lenses help provide protection against harmful UV radiation. However, clinical studies have not been done to demonstrate that wearing UV-Blocking contact lenses reduces the risk of developing cataracts or other eye disorders. Consult your eye care practitioner for more information.

Source: Press Release by VISTAKON, a division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.