Update on Discontinued Color Contact Lenses7:00 AM
I have had quite a few emails and posts wondering about the status of Ciba Vision's other color contact lens options since their launch of the new Air Optix Colors. As of July 2014, this is the memo that Ciba Vision has circulated to doctors and contact lens distributors for the future availability of their older color products:
Freshlook Toric Handling Tint Single Trials: Discontinued July 31st, 2014
Freshlook Colorblends Toric Boxes: Discontinued October 31st, 2014
Focus Softcolor Single Trials: Discontinued Immediately
Focus Softcolor Boxes: Discontinued March 31st, 2015 (or as supplies last)
There is no plan at this time for another color toric (or astigmatism) contact lens to be on the market from the Ciba Vision company. I am uncertain of the future option of an Air Optix for Astigmatism Color lens, but I imagine it would be several years away at the earliest.
The recommended replacement for Focus Softcolor lenses are Air Optix Colors or Freshlook Dimensions.
What to do if your lens has or is being discontinued?
It is always frustrating when your favorite contact lens gets discontinued. Remember when they stopped making Durasoft colors? Remember when Acuvue discontinued all of their color contact lens options? In the future we may have more color options available again for people with high prescriptions or astigmatism, but it may take some time for new lenses that meet the FDA's safety protocols to get tested and approved to bring to market. Your doctor will work with you to find a lens that provides the health and comfort and vision that you need, but color options may be limited to the world of custom order for those in more specialized prescriptions for the time being.