While a quality pair of glasses can complement any outfit, sometimes you just might be more in the mood for contacts. You’re in luck, too, because new advancements range anywhere from automatic adjustments depending on varying light conditions to monitoring your health.
Here are 3 key trends to watch for in 2019:
Wearables are everywhere. You can now track Fido’s emotions or the water consumption of plants1 — all from a wearable device. As eccentric as some of these inventions sound, the smart contact lens market is evolving right alongside, focusing on improvements to both functional vision and health.
On the health front, some smart lenses are being developed to help those with diabetes track insulin levels with less pain than a traditional finger stick. This emerging technology includes sensors that measure glucose in tears and intraocular pressure.2 Future iterations may even dispense medication or track key pieces of health information in real time to help care providers better manage those with complex health needs.
On a functional level, some scientists are testing the development of lenses that could send safety signals to the wearer, such as displaying certain colors when a person is near danger, or magnifying street signs.3
While much of the emerging smart lens technology is still being tested, there are new groundbreaking lenses on the horizon. For instance, the FDA recently cleared Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.’s ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions™ Light Intelligent Technology™, a first-of-its-kind contact lens that adjusts based on changing light conditions.4 These photochromic contact lenses, which may look slightly darker in bright sunlight due to their ability to filter light, will return to a regular tint in settings with more subdued light. This innovation reduces the need to squint, shield your eyes or dim the lights when conditions change.
In addition to photochromic contact lenses, there are contacts on the market specifically tinted to help heighten contrast or reduce blaring light. The lens may benefit a variety of patients. Those who play certain sports, like softball, baseball or soccer, for instance, may experience an enhanced visual benefit.
Contact lens technology is getting more sophisticated, and so is how you can access that technology. More and more consumers are turning to online options to select the contact lenses that are right for them – be it weekly, monthly or yearly supplies. Plus, most online retailers will also offer free shipping to sweeten the deal. And even more convenient, some providers, like ContactsDirect, will accept your vision benefits online.
No matter your desired activity or buying preference, you’ll want to opt for higher quality lenses fitted by an eye doctor who specializes in contact lenses. Find an eye doctor near you today.
This sponsored content was produced in conjunction with our partners at Johnson & Johnson. ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions® Light Intelligent Technology™ are not a replacement for sunglasses. ACUVUE OASYS® is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Important information for contact lens wearers:
ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are available by prescription only for vision correction. An eye care professional will determine whether contact lenses are right for you. Although rare, serious eye problems can develop while wearing contact lenses. To help avoid these problems, follow the wear and replacement schedule and the lens care instructions provided by your eye doctor. Do not wear contact lenses if you have an eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. If one of these conditions occurs, remove the lens and contact your eye doctor immediately.
- The weirdest, wildest, and most wonderful wearables in the world. https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/9-awesome-wearable-devices/ . Accessed October 2018.
- Universal smart contact lenses market 2018. https://www.medgadget.com/2018/04/universal-smart-contact-lenses-market-2018-breathtaking-cagr-of-approximately-10-4-foreseeing-2023.html. Accessed October 2018.
- Week in wearables: Apple Watch app to combat snoring, Nokia Health, Smart Contact Lenses. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidphelan/2018/04/20/week-in-wearables-snoring-combated-on-apple-watch-nokia-health-smart-contact-lenses/#3129e96e63cc. Accessed October 2018.
- FDA clears first contact lens with light-adaptive technology. U.S. Food & Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/newsroom/pressannouncements/ucm604263.htm. Accessed October 2018.