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Zeiss Vision Care launches antiviral and antibacterial lens coating

The coating integrates nanosilver technology to kill potentially harmful viruses and bacteria on the surface of the lens

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Zeiss Vision Care has launched a new lens coating which is designed to kill potentially harmful viruses and bacteria on the spectacle lens.

The Zeiss DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV lens coating is Zeiss’ first coating with antiviral and antibacterial properties and aims to help improve spectacle lens hygiene.  

The anti-reflective coating has nanosilver technology integrated into its structure to actively kill potentially harmful viruses and bacteria on the surface of the lens.

The silver is deposited onto the surface of the lens through a vacuum coating process performed at high temperatures. The material releases silver ions which deliver the antiviral and antibacterial effect.

The product has been tested and shown compliance with ISO standards for antiviral or antibacterial testing by external laboratories and institutes in China, Germany and Canada.

“Patients are becoming very aware of viruses and related spectacle lens hygiene,” the company noted, adding that antiviral solutions are “top of mind” for many patients. Zeiss suggested that introducing the solution could help practices to boost their reputation and footfall.

The Zeiss lenses with antiviral coating are anti-reflective, have a high-scratch resistance and also provide UV protection up to 400 nm. The lens coating is available on most Rx lenses where the company offers Zeiss DuraVision Platinum.