This study investigated the efficacy of a novel povidone-iodine based disinfection solution for rigid gas permeable (RGP) lenses compared to three other currently available multipurpose and hydrogen peroxide solutions. Bactericidal and fungicidal activities were assessed using ISO 14729 reference methods, whilst amoebicidal properties were evaluated using an automated viability counter. All solutions were also assessed for long term storage stability over a 3-month period. The FDA guidelines were adequately achieved by all solutions tested and 3-month storage did not affect their activity against bacterial and fungal agents. Activity against Acanthamoeba castellani trophozoites reached 1-log reduction for the povidone-iodine solution and approached this level for the remaining solutions. Activity against cysts was somewhat reduced and ranged from 78 to 86% reduction in viability. A povidone-iodine based solution, which may offer advantages as resistance to this agent has not been demonstrated and it lacks toxicity, provided equivalent antimicrobial activity to other RGP solutions.
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