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J & J Ortho-k lenses approved in Canada

Johnson & Johnson Vision Receives Approval in Canada for Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management

(as reported in Eyecare)

Johnson & Johnson Vision received approval from Health Canada for Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management.

These orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses are worn overnight for the control of myopia and are specifically designed to match a patient’s eye based on its unique corneal shape and prescription to temporarily reshape the cornea. This approval follows Health Canada’s approval of Acuvue Abiliti 1-Day Soft Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management in September 2021.

“Johnson & Johnson Vision is helping to address the dramatically increasing rates of myopia by bringing forward innovate products, services and solutions to help control the disease and give families a chance at better eye health in the future,” Chandra Mickles, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS, North America Professional Education Lead, Myopia, Johnson & Johnson Vision, said in a company news release. “With Abiliti Overnight lenses and Abiliti 1-Day lenses, we are adding to our growing suite of Abiliti products to help change the trajectory of myopia.”

Clinical studies have shown Abiliti Overnight lenses are a successful option for controlling the progression of myopia.

The lenses are simple to prescribe by inputting the patient’s refraction, iris diameter and corneal topography data into the FitAbiliti software, which evaluates and recommends a lens with a first fit success rate of approximately 90%.  Abiliti Overnight lenses will be available in two different contact lens designs: Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management, and Acuvue Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Myopia Management for Astigmatism.

Each annual purchase of an Abiliti product will provide a free comprehensive eye health exam to a child in need through Sight For Kids – a joint program from Johnson & Johnson Vision and the not-for-profit Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Sight For Kids is one of the largest-known, school-based eye health programs that mobilizes LCIF and eye care professionals to provide comprehensive eye health services in low-income schools around the world.

The Health Canada approval of Abiliti Overnight lenses stems from the collaboration of Johnson & Johnson Vision with Menicon to bring forward therapeutic contact lenses for myopia control under the Abiliti brand. Abiliti Overnight lenses are now available in select parts of Canada.

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