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Comparative Study
, 19 (12), 1301-5

One- And Two-Step Hydrogen Peroxide Contact Lens Disinfection Solutions Against Acanthamoeba: How Effective Are They?

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Comparative Study

One- And Two-Step Hydrogen Peroxide Contact Lens Disinfection Solutions Against Acanthamoeba: How Effective Are They?

K Hiti et al. Eye (Lond).

Abstract

Purpose: Effective contact lens disinfection solutions are important to keep the storage case free of acanthamoebae and thus prevent an infection of the eye. The aim of our study was to evaluate the effectivity of two new one-step hydrogen peroxide disinfecting solutions against Acanthamoeba spp. and compare it to the effectivity of other commercially available systems.

Methods: Nine one-step 3% hydrogen peroxide systems including the new systems Silver Sept (platinum and silver disk for intensifying disinfection) and Blue Vision (newly composed catalytic tablet) and 2 two-step systems (0.6 and 3.0% H(2)O(2)) were tested for their effectivity against cysts of two Acanthamoeba keratitis isolates at different concentrations.

Results: After a soaking time of 8 h (overnight soaking of contact lenses) the 2 two-step systems completely destroyed the cysts of both Acanthamoeba strains, even at the highest concentration of cysts tested. The nine tested one-step systems showed weaker effects. The new Blue Vision system was able to eradicate the cysts of one strain at the low concentration of cysts.

Conclusions: One-step hydrogen peroxide systems do not have sufficient effects on Acanthamoeba cysts and therefore may not protect the contact lens user from a possible infection of the eye. Further development of tablets like the ones used in the Blue Vision system may result in better cysticidal effects for one-step systems.

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