The global pandemic has affected all of us in one way or another and we are more aware of viruses and bacteria than ever. 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.
Technology developed by ZEISS
The technology behind ZEISS AntiVirus Coatings
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 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.
Use of silver as antimicrobial agent
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 an additional feature of our premium anti-reflective coating. This means that viruses and bacteria that land on the front surface of this antiviral and antibacterial coating are killed and inactivated.1
Vacuum deposition and material science
ZEISS DuraVision AntiVirus Platinum UV contains embedded antimicrobial silver within the coating structure. Silver is deposited on the surface of the lens at high temperatures through a special vacuum coating process. The silver releases silver ions (Ag+ ), and these ions deliver proven antiviral and antibacterial interaction, essentially creating an antivirus coating.