Oasys with Transitions: Q&A with Kara Peterson
I recently had the opportunity to trial the new Oasys with Transitions 2-week disposable lenses from Acuvue. I detailed the experience in my article "Acuvue Oasys with Transitions: An Eye Opening Experience". During my research I reached out to Acuvue to ask a few questions regarding the innovative new lenses and Kara Peterson,
the Senior Manager, Global & North America Communications for Johnson & Johnson Vision, was kind enough to take the time to provide the answers.
Oliver: In a time when daily disposables like the Oasys 1-day are thriving in popularity, is there any particular reason why Acuvue decided to launch this innovative lens on a 2-week disposable lens?
Kara: ACUVUE® OASYS is the #1 selling contact lens brand in the world. With the majority of contact lens wearers entering the category through a reusable product, this was a natural place to introduce these new contact lenses with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™. ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ is an excellent addition to the ACUVUE® OASYS family.
ACUVUE® OASYS is about performance in demanding environments, and with an indication for vision correction and the attenuation of bright light, this product will help contact lens wearers manage the diverse types of light and varying intensities of brightness they face, indoors and out, every day. We believe that patients who are new to contact lenses are going to love the benefits of this product.
Oliver: My eye doctor was able to provide me with a spherical equivalent so I could trial the lenses but I normally wear AVO 1-day Toric lenses. Is there a timeline for a Toric version of the Transitions lenses?
Kara: We expect continued innovation in this area, but are not able to provide specific timing for additional lens types.
Oliver: Everyone seems to be increasingly aware of blue light exposure, could you tell me the BPF% of the Transitions lenses when they are clear and when they are at their darkest?
Kara: Indoors, the lens can block up to 15% of blue light and outdoors, where a wearer needs it most, up to 55%. These measures are calculated within the range with the highest energy across the blue light hazard (calculated per ISO-8980-3 for 380-460nm (Blue Light Hazard Function (Bλ).
Oliver: I have dark brown eyes and my wife could tell right away that the contacts darkened them even more. What feedback have you received from wearers with light colored eyes?
Kara: I don’t have specific data to share based on eye color, but in a clinical study, only 12% of people said the appearance of the lens outdoors bothered them. Of those who said the appearance of the lens outdoors bothered them only 7% said they would not buy the lens.
Oliver: Being an Optician myself and having fit hundreds of people with Transitions lenses (glasses), one of the most common questions is how long do they take to go back to clear?
Kara: Activation and fade back times of the lens are dependent on a number of factors. The typical time for the lens to become dark when on the eye is 45 seconds. Typical time to fade from dark to appear clear when on the eye is less than 90 seconds on average.
Oliver: I could see the Oasys with Transitions lenses being suitable for just about any current contact lens wearer but I'm interested to know if Acuvue had a specific wearer in mind when the lens was in the concept stage? Or was there something besides innovation for the sake of innovation that inspired AV to develop the Oasys with Transitions lenses?
Kara: ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ is meant for patients who are nearsighted or farsighted who may benefit from filtering bright light in indoor and outdoor environments.
In the U.S., about two-thirds (64%) of consumers say they are bothered by bright or harsh lighting conditions daily. Of those experiencing bothersome light situations:
o 73% squint
o 76% shade their eyes
o 55% turn down screen brightness
o 59% turn off lights
This is a new contact lens category that helps patients adapt to changing light conditions throughout the day, from artificial light to UV rays, that can impact eye comfort and vision.
Oliver: Thank you for your time Kara, I truly appreciate it. How could my readers stay up to date on all the latest Acuvue lens updates?