Johnson & Johnson Vision Care announced that the FDA has approved Acuvue Abiliti-Overnight Therapeutic Lenses. This is the first and only FDA approved orthokeratology (ortho-k) contact lens for the management of myopia.
“The FDA approval of Abiliti Overnight marks an important milestone in our commitment to help change the trajectory of eye health and reshape the future of children with myopia,” Xiao-Yu Song, MD, PhD, Global Head of Research & Development, Johnson & Johnson Vision, said in a company news release. “We look forward to supporting parents and eye care professionals in their care of children with comprehensive resources, starting with Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses, and continuing with additional products and services to address the progression of myopia.”
Clinical studies have demonstrated that ortho-k lenses can be a safe and effective treatment option to manage myopia4,5,6,7. Abiliti Overnight ortho-k contact lenses are specifically designed and fitted to match the eye based on its unique corneal shape to temporarily reshape the cornea8. Abiliti Overnight will be available in two different contact lens designs: Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses, and Abiliti Overnight Therapeutic Lenses for Astigmatism.
Abiliti Overnight contact lenses are optimized by the use of corneal topography, refractive error and other measurements connected to an innovative fitting software. The software is a sophisticated and user-friendly tool that provides a precise measure of the corneal shape, and accurately guides the eye care professional through the fitting process for consistent and successful first fit rates of approximately 90%.
“The prevalence of myopia in children is increasing, and as optometrists we are on the front lines of this epidemic that may threaten the vision of future generations,” Moshe Mendelson, OD, FIAO, said in the news release. “For too long we have relied on increasing the prescription of glasses for children, while having few resources to address the underlying disease and help change this worrying trajectory of eye health. The FDA approval of Abiliti Overnight will provide eye care professionals and parents with more options to manage myopia.”
Johnson & Johnson Vision is collaboratively advancing the next generation of science, research and development with the potential to transform standards of care in myopia. Earlier this year, the company announced the development of a first-of-its-kind myopia management guide with recommendations for eye care professionals to assess, monitor and treat myopia in children. The FDA approval of Abiliti Overnight stems from the collaboration of Johnson & Johnson Vision with Menicon to bring forward therapeutic contact lenses for the treatment of myopia under the Acuvue Abiliti Brand—a new brand for future products and services to help parents and eye care professionals address the progression of myopia in children.
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 program from the 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.
Abiliti Overnight contact lenses are expected to be available in the U.S. by the end of 2021. Parents and eye care professionals who want more information can visit www.seeyourabiliti.com.
*Johnson & Johnson Vision represents the products and services of Johnson & Johnson Surgical Vision, Inc., Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., and the affiliates of both.
†The Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies comprise the surgery, orthopedics, vision, and interventional solutions businesses within Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices segment.
‡Dr. Xiao-Yu Song, MD, PhD is an employee of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., with oversight of Research and Development for both the Surgical Vision and Vision Care organizations.
§Final lens fit is determined by the ECP – software is a decision support only.
**Dr. Moshe Mendelson is a paid consultant of Johnson & Johnson Vision, Inc.
†† Compared to single vision spectacles
1 JJV data on file 2021: Myopia Compendium
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8 Data on File 2021. Menicon Design History file