Jacksonville, Fl. August 6, 2010
1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® Brand Contact Lenses today became the fifth contact lens in the ACUVUE® family of products to receive the Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses from the American Optometric Association's (AOA) Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.
In awarding the Seal of Acceptance, AOA's Commission on Ophthalmic Standards, which provides independent evaluation of ophthalmic related products, determined that 1-DAY ACUVUE® TruEye® meets AOA specifications for ultraviolet absorbing contact lenses. These specifications are in accordance with published standards of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and International Standards Organization (ISO).
"For those who need vision correction, a significant measure of UV protection can be achieved with a combination of UV-absorbing sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking contact lenses," says Karl M. Citek, OD, Ph.D., Chair of the Commission on Ophthalmic Standards.
"Not all contact lens lines offer UV protection, and, of those that do, not all provide similar absorption levels," explains Sheila Hickson-Curran, 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, only 1•DAY ACUVUE® TRUEYE™, ACUVUE® OASYS® with HYDRACLEAR Plus, ACUVUE® OASYS® for ASTIGMATISM, ACUVUE® ADVANCE with HYDRACLEAR, and ACUVUE® ADVANCE for ASTIGMATISM carry the AOA's Seal of Acceptance for Ultraviolet Absorbing Contact Lenses. These contact lenses offer the highest level of UV-blocking available, blocking more than 90 percent of UVA rays and 99 percent of UVB rays that reach the lens. On average, contact lenses without UV-blocking capability allow 90% of UV-A radiation and 70% of UV-B radiation to pass through the lenses to your eyes.
"Although UV-blocking contact lenses provide important added protection for patients, they should not be viewed as a stand-alone solution," notes Dr. Citek. "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® Brand Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction.