Research & Development

Leading the Way

CIBA VISION's mission is "Better Eyes for a Better Life." To achieve this goal we are constantly examining new materials, therapeutic agents and delivery systems to yield the next eye care breakthroughs.

Our researchers are backed by significant global Research and Development (R&D) resources from both CIBA VISION and Novartis. In 2004, we invested approximately USD 4.2 billion in R&D. Together, we explore and develop innovative approaches to address a variety of vision care needs, eye diseases and conditions.

Breakthroughs and Firsts

Contact Lenses

O2OPTIX™ - revolutionary contact lenses that allow up to five times more oxygen to reach your eyes than traditional soft contact lenses, for whiter, healthy-looking eyes.

Focus® DAILIES® – one-day disposable lenses, preferred three-to-one over other daily disposable lenses among patients participating in multinational clinical trials

NIGHT & DAY® – the first contact silicone hydrogel contact lenses for continuous wear for up to 30 nights and days

FreshLook® ColorBlends® - the first lens with 3-in-1 technology, blending three colors into one to create the subtle, natural depth of beautiful eyes.

Focus® Progressives – innovative lenses for presbyopic correction delivering excellent near vision without compromising intermediate and distance acuity

Focus® Toric Monthly Lenses – the first monthly replacement toric soft contact lens on the market for astigmatism

FreshLook Radiance™ –the first cosmetic contact lenses available that add beautiful pearlescent effects to both light and dark eyes to give sparkle and shine to your natural eye color

Lens Care Products

AOSept Plus® – The first lens care solution to provide the power of peroxide in a convenient, one-bottle, no-rub solution – without the added preservatives found in most multi-purpose solutions (MPS). Sensitivities to MPS preservatives can cause lens discomfort. Formulated without MPS preservatives, Clear Care may increase the length of time you can wear your contact lenses comfortably

AQuify® Long Lasting Comfort Drops – the first lens drops with sodium hyaluronate to help provide long-lasting comfort.

SOLOcare Aqua® Multi-Purpose Solution (MPS) – the first 5-minute multi-purpose solution cleared for use with silicone hydrogel lenses.