The global COVID-19 pandemic has drastically influenced our awareness of viruses and their consequences. We’re more focused on the presence of germs and how they spread than we’ve ever been before.
With this increased awareness, you may have heard of the term “high-touch items”. These include things we touch on a regular basis that can impact our general hygiene. Spectacle lenses are high-touch items that can potentially have viruses and bacteria on the surface. To answer this problem, ZEISS has designed an antimicrobial coating called ZEISS DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV which kills 99,9% of viruses and bacteria1.
1 ZEISS DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV coating kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria on spectacle lens surfaces. Source: Tested by ISO 21702:2019(E) for enveloped viruses and tested by ISO 22196:2011(E) for Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Efficacy proven after 24 hours as defined by ISO standards.
DuraVision® AntiVirus Platinum is an antiviral and antibacterial coating that actively fights and kills 99.9% of potentially harmful viruses and bacteria on the surface of the lens1, helping to improve spectacle lens hygiene.
ZEISS lenses with antiviral and antibacterial coating also provide full UV protection up to 400 nm, even in clear lenses.
For those who want anti-smudge glasses, these lenses offer all the benefits of our most premium lens coating – ZEISS DuraVision Platinum. The coating is designed to feature low reflectance and the less visible blue residual reflex ZEISS is famous for. These lenses are also optimised for high scratch resistance and are easy to clean.
We’ve developed technology that transfers antimicrobial silver into an anti-reflective coating layer that can be applied to the surface of a spectacle lens. This “layer of trust” is carefully engineered to deliver a product that is safe to use, effectively killing and deactivating viruses and bacteria1:
The healing properties of silver have been known for centuries and are well established in science and medicine. ZEISS developed technology to incorporate this proven approach as another feature of the premium anti-reflective coating so that viruses and bacteria that land on the lens surface are killed and inactivated.
Through a special vacuum coating process, silver is deposited on the surface of the lens at high temperatures. ZEISS DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV contains embedded antimicrobial silver within the coating structure. The silver within the coating releases silver ions (Ag+). These silver ions (Ag+) deliver proven antiviral and antibacterial interaction on the lens surface.
This product is tested and proven in compliance with the established ISO standards for antiviral or antibacterial testing by external laboratories and institutes located in China, Germany and Canada.
Bacteria and viruses are found on high-touch items, including spectacles. Your lenses can be easily contaminated through direct contact and droplet spread:
how long some viruses can remain viable on surfaces.2
how long the virus that causes COVID-19 can remain viable and infectious on plastic.3
Ask your nearest ZEISS optician to add the ZEISS AntiVirus Lens coating to your new ZEISS lenses.