Catalogue Number: 2435
Acuvue Disposable Bifocal Contact Lenses Box
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Contact lenses and accessories
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Vistakon, a Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Products Inc
Description Of Item: Cardboard box 68 x 37 x 40 mm with ACUVUE BIFOCAL and Johnson & Johnson on the top and front faces, one end has words Acuvue Bifocal (etafilcon A) Contact Lenses (in English and 5 additional languages), Lens parameters and expiry date 2004/03. The other end has the words VISTAKON, Johnson & Johnson Vision Products Inc. Jacksonville, FL. Contents: Six visibility tinted UV blocking lenses immersed in buffered saline solution 42% polymer (etafilcon A) 58% water Caution: Federal U.S.A law prohibits dispensing without prescription. Manufactured in USA and Sterile. The back face has a label with a bar code and batch number affixed and the Contents and Caution wording in two languages. The bottom of the box has the Contents and Caution wording in four languages. The box has been opened and contains 5 of the original 6 contact lenses in separate blister packs
Historical Significance: Acuvue Contact Lenses were the first disposable contact lenses and launched in 1987 as a six day extended wear weekly replacement lens with a power range of minus lenses to -6.00D. In 1989 plus lenses to +4.00D were added. The daily wear two weekly replacement modality was introduced later. Originally packaged in plastic boxes, (See Cat. No.2433), the smaller cardboard box of this example was introduced in 1990 along with an increase in powers to -9.00D. Visitint was added in 1993, and UV filter and AV 'inside out' engravings in 1997. Bifocal lenses were introduced in 1998 with additions of 1.00, 1.50, 2.00 and 2.50. The design was central distance surrounded by alternating rings of near and distance. The original power range was -6.00 to +4.00, and later expanded to -9.00 to +6.00. Vistakon was formed in 1982 by Michael Bay in Denmark using his new Stabilised Soft lens Moulding technique (SSM) and acquired as a division of Johnson & Johnson in 1983 to supplement and eventually supersede the Frontier Contact Lens business already owned.
How Acquired: Donated by Karingal Optical
Condition: Good. Box has been resealed using transparent adhesive tape.
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 6 Drawer 2