Progent: a universal bacteria, virus and amoeba disinfectant
The recent outbreak of COVID-19 has created a serious global public health risk. According to the WHO, the virus spread by infected patients can attach to various object surfaces and infect the human body when a person touches these infected objects and then touches their mouth, nose or eyes. This is why washing our hands and disinfecting objects are some of the most important methods of preventing the infection from spreading.
There is currently no evidence that wearing contact lenses increases the risk of contracting the coronavirus. Paying attention to hygiene and using the right contact lens cleaners is always important
Sodium hypochlorite, a biocide and the main ingredient in bleach, is recommended by several government agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US as an effective COVID-19 disinfectant for contaminated items. In addition, it was reported that a minimum concentration of at least 0.1% sodium hypochlorite can effectively inactivate coronaviruses (HCoV) in 1 minute.
For cleaning of RGP, mini-scleral and ortho-k lenses, Menicon recommends Progent. Progent can be used by both professional eye care practitioners and contact lens wearers. The active ingredient in Progent is sodium hypochlorite (0.2%). Progent is an intensive cleaner intended for all RGP, mini-scleral and ortho-k lenses, especially recommended for cleaning and removing deposits and protein from the surface of these lens.
Progent has a strong, rapid action against all organisms that can contaminate the lenses, including bacteria, fungi, yeasts, viruses and amoebae. Research has shown that viruses and acanthamoebes on lenses treated with Progent were inactivated in less than five minutes.