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Light Management

How Visual Comfort Contributes to the Overall Contact Lens Experience

Published on Jan 5, 2020
10 Minutes Read
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Lenses are not a replacement for sunglasses.

Contact lens comfort is a vital part of the overall contact lens experience, and physical and visual comfort are two major influences that contribute to that experience. However, the contact lens comfort experience can be affected by physical and visual sensations that cause inconsistencies in comfort levels.

Physical discomfort refers to the feelings patients experience that are associated to factors like the material properties and wear time of contact lenses. Visual discomfort is related to environmental factors or specific tasks patients perform while wearing contact lenses.

Visual discomfort can consist of many different sensations, which as a result, can have a stressful impact on the eyes. Some task-based and environmental factors that can affect visual comfort are:

  • Exposure to digital devices. Ocular symptoms are higher when patients view digital displays compared to print materials1
  • Exposure to bright light can have a stressful impact+ on the eyes, resulting in a disruption or irritation of vision, which reduces contrast sensitivity2 and high and low contrast acuity3-5

Future developments in contact lens technology may help enhance comfort for patients that struggle with both physical and visual discomfort—and the future is now.  


Experience a first-of-its-kind contact lens technology with ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™


ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ is a first-of-its-kind6 contact lens designed for patients bothered by light. These lenses combine the proven ACUVUE® OASYS (senofilcon A) material with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™. The result is a lens that seamlessly adapts to changing light, providing all-day, soothing vision.7,8*

ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ technology provides the following to patients:

  • Balances the amount of indoor and outdoor light entering the eye, including filtering blue light and blocking harmful UV rays7,9‡
  • Offers superior optical precision§ with exceptional colour contrast enhancement7-9
  • Helps patients’ vision recover from bright light up to 5 seconds faster
  • Brings out the best in everything patients see by providing enhanced colour contrast

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*Defined as the ability to see comfortably in bright light.

†Calculated per ISO-8980-3 for 380-460 nm.

‡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.



1. Chu C, Rosenfield M, Portello JK, Benzoni JA, Collier JD. A comparison of symptoms after viewing text on a computer screen and hardcopy. Ophthalmic & physiological optics. Jan 2011;31(1):29-32.

2. Harrison JM, Applegate RA, Yates JT, Ballentine C. Contrast sensitivity and disability glare in the middle years. Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision. Aug 1993;10(8):1849-1855.

3. Bailey IL, Bullimore MA. A new test for the evaluation of disability glare. Optometry and vision science. Dec 1991;68(12):911-917.

4. Regan D, Giaschi DE, Fresco BB. Measurement of glare sensitivity in cataract patients using low-contrast letter charts. Ophthalmic & physiological optics. Apr 1993;13(2):115-123.

5. Haegerstrom-Portnoy G, Schneck ME, Brabyn JA. Seeing into old age: vision function beyond acuity. Optometry and vision science. Mar 1999;76(3):141-158.

6. FDA press release: FDA clears first contact lens with light-adaptive technology, (accessed Apr 10, 2018).

7. JJV Data on File 2018: Definition of ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™.

8. JJV Data on File 2018. ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™ —Objective Clinical Claims.

9. JJV Data on File 2018. Material properties: ACUVUE OASYS® Brand Contact Lenses with HYDRACLEAR® Plus, ACUVUE® OASYS with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology, and other reusable contact lenses.


Lenses are not a replacement for sunglasses.

Important information for contact lens wearers: ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction. As with any contact lens, eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be prescribed if patients have any eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. Consult the package insert for complete information. Complete information is also available from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care division of Johnson & Johnson Inc., by calling 1-800-267-5098 or by visiting

ACUVUE® OASYS is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care division of Johnson & Johnson Inc.

Transitions, the Transitions logo and Transitions Light Intelligent Technology are trademarks of Transitions Optical, Inc. used under license by Transitions Optical Limited and Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

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