Acuvue (from "Accurate view") is a brand of disposable contact lenses made by Jacksonville-based Vistakon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson (J&J).
Acuvue lenses got their start at Frontier Contact Lens Company, a small company that started in the 1950s and opened a branch in Jacksonville. Headed by Seymour Marco, an optometrist, the company started to grow and, after a few years, Marco bought out the New York owners so he could significantly grow the business.
During the 1970s, he developed a new material (etafilcon A) and began making soft lenses at Frontier. In 1981 he sold the company to Johnson & Johnson. J&J renamed Frontier Contact Lenses to Vistakon. With the acquisition of a very manual process - every employee on the production line, whether they were lathing, polishing or inspecting, handled the lenses - scaling up the business was very limited, so Vistakon decided to invest into a new production process.
Utilizing Stabilized Soft Molding (SSM) technology, Vistakon undertook a major overhaul in its production processes. As a result Acuvue was introduced to the market in 1986. The lens was originally indicated for seven-day extended wear and later became a daily wear lens. Today, there is a line which ranges from the 1-day wear to two-week lenses such as the Acuvue 2 and Oasys.
Today, all of Vistakon's manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, with the exception of one plant located in Limerick, Republic of Ireland.
Daily Disposable Contact Lenses:1-Day Acuvue - hydrogel material (available for astigmatism)
1-Day Acuvue Moist - hydrogel material (available for astigmatism and presbyopia)
1-Day Acuvue TruEye - first silicone hydrogel daily disposable released 2008 in European Markets and 2010 in North America.
1-Day Acuvue Define - hydrogel material (UK release solely in Boots and D&A opticians in 2010)
1-Day Acuvue Define Accent - hydrogel material (Far East markets)
Two Week Disposable:Acuvue 2 - hydrogel material
Acuvue Advance - silicone hydrogel material (available for astigmatism)
Acuvue Oasys - silicone hydrogel material (available for presbyopia in US and astigmatism in most other markets)
Surevue was also produced by Vistakon but not under the Acuvue brand. Surevue contact lenses were a less expensive alternative to Acuvue.