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FDA approves contact lenses that automatically darken in sun


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Friday, April 20, 2018, 15:40 - Transitional contact lenses that darken when exposed to bright light have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The photochromic soft contact lenses, which are manufactured by Johnson & Johnson's, can be worn for up to 14 days.

While glasses have been using transitional technology for awhile, this is the first time it's been successfully applied to a contact lens.

"A range of everyday lighting situations, from artificial light to UV rays, can negatively impact eye comfort, vision and health," reads a statement on the Johnson & Johnson's website.

"Some people compensate for these harsh lighting environments by squinting, shielding their eyes, or dimming lights. ACUVUE OASYS® with Transitions® automatically adapt, helping the human eye manage different types of light and varying intensities of brightness throughout the day."

According to the company, the lenses filter blue light from digital devices and protect against UV rays.

The lenses are expected to hit the market in early 2019.

Source: Johnson & Johnson's

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