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Published on Apr 14, 2023
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ACUVUE® PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN: 100% of parameters optimized by both age and refraction vs. <2% for the leading competitor*1


ACUVUE® PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN was developed specifically for presbyopic patients to help them stay in contact lenses. It is a unique optical design system that takes into account the natural pupil variation that occurs both across the refractive error range and as patients age.1

It is the ONLY technology that uniquely optimizes the optical design to the pupil size according to age and refractive power delivering parameter optimization at 100% vs. less than 2% for the leading competitor.*1

Why is accounting for pupil size so important?

In contact lenses, only the optical zone portion of the lens is ‘powered’ to help correct a patient’s vision. And only the part of the optical zone that is over the pupil can be used by the eye.1

Lens Optical Zone

In multifocal contact lenses, this optical zone contains multiple power zones that are designed to combine to enable presbyopic patients to see both near and far distances.2 And in the case of lenses like ACUVUE® MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses, to also see everything in-between.3 Therefore, evenly balancing the optical power across this zone is an important factor in providing the best vision.1 Being too small or too big compared to the pupil adversely affects this balance.1

How can we optimize lenses for pupil size?

It’s widely understood that pupil size changes by age. That’s why some manufacturers offer 3 optical designs that differ by ADD. But scientific evidence has shown that pupil size also changes by up to 24% due to refraction alone.4

So to better ensure each patient has the best balance of optical power where they need it – across their pupil – a lens is needed that is optimized by both age and refraction.


ACUVUE® PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN takes the scientific evidence into consideration so that every single one of our 183 parameters is slightly different, designed to match different pupil sizes and provide the best balance of vision for that refraction.1

ACUVUE® Pupil Optimized Design

100% of 183 Parameters Optimized for Pupil Size

ACUVUE® Pupil Optimized Design

<2% for the leading competitor*1

( For Illustrative Purposes Only )


In stark contrast, other leading multifocal lens designs only optimize based on age; NOT both age AND refraction.1

Right size, right shape, right place

Because we want the unique optics to stay over the pupil and optimally retain their properties, we incorporate the PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN with our Hybrid Back Curve Technology.1 Hybrid Back Curve means a combination aspheric/spherical back curve.1  The aspheric center helps to keep the optics in the right shape, and the spherical periphery helps to keep the optics in the right place.1 This additional technology from ACUVUE® supports the integrity of the optimized front surface optics and is designed to provide optimal centration across a broad range of corneal shapes, properly aligning the lens’ optical zone with the pupil.1

Together, the PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN and Hybrid Back Curve help ensure that the ACUVUE® optical zone is the right size, the right shape, and in the right place.1


The same simple fit process

ACUVUE® PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN technology works in such a way that you don’t need to manually measure pupil size.1 We’ve built the personalization into the design and fit process so you can fit your patients with ACUVUE® MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses in 3 easy steps3:

  • Perform a fresh subjective refraction in ambient light
  • Determine ocular dominance using the sensory method
  • Determine the functional ADD

Then enter this information into the simple ACUVUE® MULTIFOCAL Fitting Calculator to achieve over 94% fit success rate in 2 pairs of lenses or less.^3,6


And remember: the same design, parameters, and simple 3 step fit process are available on both daily disposable and reusable options from ACUVUE®, #1 selling contact lens brand in the world.§¶

Add the ACUVUE® MULTIFOCAL Fitting Calculator to your mobile device for easy lens selection.

ACUVUE® MULTIFOCAL Fitting Calculator

*Compared to competitors' designs; technology optimized for both the parameters of refractive error and ADD power.

^Four total lenses.

§Source: Euromonitor International; Eyewear 2021 Edition; Value sales at RSP, all retails channels, 2019 data.

¶Source: Euromonitor International Limited; based on research conducted in August 2020; "world" and "globally" represent markets accounting for 76% of total daily disposable contact lenses in 2019 (retail sales).

1. JJV Data on File 2022. CSM - ACUVUE® PUPIL OPTIMIZED DESIGN TECHNOLOGY: JJVC Contact Lenses, Design Features, and Associated Benefits.

2. Review of Optometry. Determining multifocal parameters for a better fit. Available at: Accessed April 2023.

3. JJV Data on file 2020. ACUVUE® OASYS MULTIFOCAL Fit and Performance Claims.

4. Hasan Basri Cakmak, Nurullah Cagil, Hüseyin Simavli, Betul Duzen & Saban Simsek (2010) Refractive Error May Influence Mesopic Pupil Size, Current Eye Research, 35:2, 130-136.

5. JJV Data on File 2015. 1-DAY ACUVUE® MOIST MULTIFOCAL Fit and Performance.

6. JJV Data on File 2022: Stand-Alone Fit Success Claims for ACUVUE® OAYS MAX 1-Day MULTIFOCAL Contact Lenses. 

ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses are indicated for vision correction. As with any contact lens, eye problems, including corneal ulcers, can develop. Some wearers may experience mild irritation, itching or discomfort. Lenses should not be prescribed if patients have any eye infection, or experience eye discomfort, excessive tearing, vision changes, redness or other eye problems. Consult the package insert for complete information. Complete information is also available from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. by calling 1-800-843-2020, or by visiting

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