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ZEISS VISION CARE

ZEISS Vision Care



A New Experience In Vision

To meet the challenges of everyday life, we need hard, dirt-resistant lenses that are easy to clean. This is precisely what hard, anti-reflective lens coatings offer – but the quality of these coatings can vary greatly.

What makes ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating different? These hard and light lenses are very robust, dirt-resistant and easy to clean while offering first-rate anti-reflective properties. An integrated system of coating layers densely packed using ion-assisted deposition results in a lens surface that is three times harder than the previous generation of hard anti-reflective (AR) coated plastic ZEISS lenses and 35 % harder than AR coated glass ZEISS lenses*. ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating also have a more cosmetically attractive, blue residual reflection colour that generates over 20% less luminous reflectance than conventional green AR coated ZEISS lenses.






1. More robust

ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating are three times harder than the previous generation of hard anti-reflective (AR) coated plastic ZEISS lenses and 35 % harder than AR coated glass ZEISS lenses.

ZEISS More Robust
ZEISS More Robust

Without DuraVision Platinum (left) and with DuraVision Platinum (right)

2. Dirt resistant

The patented anti-static layer prevents the build-up of static electricity. As dust and lint are not attracted to the lens surface, lenses stay cleaner longer.

ZEISS More Dirt Resistant
ZEISS More Dirt Resistant

Without DuraVision Platinum (left) and with DuraVision Platinum (right)

3. Very easy to clean

The super-slick Clean Coat makes lenses very easy to clean. Lenses with high contact angles repel oil and water more effectively. ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating have a contact angle of a minimum of 110° (lenses without super-slick clean coat: 95°).

ZEISS Easy Care
ZEISS Easy Care

Without DuraVision Platinum (left) and with DuraVision Platinum (right)

4. Anti-reflective properties

A less noticeable and blue reflection colour increases the light transmitted by the lens, resulting in even better vision. These lenses show more than 20% less luminous reflectance than conventional green AR coated ZEISS lenses.

ZEISS Anti Reflective
ZEISS Anti Reflective

Without DuraVision Platinum (left) and with DuraVision Platinum (right)

Discover the technology behind the hardest ever ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating



Made up of nine ultra-thin layers, an integrated system of coating layers densely packed using ion-assisted deposition results in a lens surface that is three times harder than the previous generation of hard (AR) coated plastic ZEISS lenses and 35 % harder than AR coated glass ZEISS lenses.

ZEISS Anti Reflective

The secret of hard lenses: ion bombardment



Ions transfer their kinetic energy to the coating molecules when these strike the lens surface. The result: the coating's layers are more densely packed. Why compromise on hardness, dirt-resistance and easy cleaning when you can have new ZEISS lenses with DuraVision® Platinum AR coating?

ZEISS Ion Bombardment

The hardest lenses ZEISS ever made


Three questions - three answers:

1. What exactly is a “hard” lens?
Lenses need to be robust enough to resist damage in daily life. The harder the lens surface, the more robust the lenses are.

2. How is lens hardness defined?
To find the best ways to make the hardest ever ZEISS AR coating for DuraVision® Platinum, we looked at:

  • Other high-tech industries
  • The everyday life of a spectacle wearer

3. How does DuraVision® Platinum perform in terms of hardness?
DuraVision® Platinum outperforms previous generations of ZEISS AR coatings in:

  • High-tech hardness testing
  • Real-life simulation tests
  • The Bayer ratio





Hardness tests: using DIN ISO 14577

Following the measurement setup as described in DIN ISO 14577 we used an indentation instrument to determine two critical properties of DuraVision® Platinum:



ZEISS Hardness Test

We measured the hardness in a depth range of around 200 nanometers, the most critical range for visible scratches:

To create scratches that extend to more than the critical 200 nm below the coating surface, much higher forces need to be applied for DuraVision Platinum than for conventional greenish ZEISS AR coatings.

ZEISS Hardness Test

At the same time, we also measured the force needed to completely break the coating:

The force needed to generate coating breakage is increased from 211 µN (conventional ZEISS coatings) to 316 µN.




High-tech equipment in the development of DuraVision® Platinum



ZEISS Equipment

The technology: a high-resolution nano-indenter

What we improved: surface hardness and crack-resistance of the coating

What’s new:
Similar technology has been used internationally in many different industries in which the hardness of material surfaces plays an important role, e.g. in the development and production of modern precision tools. But so far, it has not been applicable to lenses.

At the forefront of research: Indentation equipment precise enough for the extremely thin coating layers on spectacle lenses has just recently been developed and was immediately integrated into the ZEISS research lab to help create the hardest ever ZEISS AR coating – DuraVision® Platinum.




SDWT (Standardized Dirt Wiping Test): The test that reflects real life.

600 wipes with 4kg pressure: DuraVision Platinum still looks like new



ZEISS Equipment

In daily life, most scratches occur when lenses are cleaned with a cloth that has dirt on it, either from abrasive dirt particles that are on the lens when the wiping starts or from dirt particles that are already in the cloth. In the SDWT we use an artificially soiled cloth to simulate damage caused by lens cleaning:

- Cleaning procedure using standardized dust to soil cleaning cloth
- Improvement in scratch resistance from previous generations of ZEISS AR coating to DuraVision® Platinum after 600 wipes with 4 kg pressure.




Bayer ratio (COLTS procedure)

600 wipes with 4kg pressure: DuraVision Platinum still looks like new



ZEISS Equipment

- The Bayer ratio is a measure of the abrasion resistance of a (coated) surface to an oscillating abrasive medium (defined sand or similar).
- The surface damage is assessed via the increase in scattered light resulting from the surface damage.
- Different procedures for such a test are in place.
- We follow the procedure set forth by the COLTS laboratory in the U.S.
- (COLTS is the supplier-independent ophthalmic lens testing facility in the U.S.).

3 times harder than previous generation of ZEISS lenses with AR coatings and 35% harder than ZEISS glass lenses

The use of an electron microscope with 3000x magnification makes the advantages of DuraVision® Platinum clearly visible. While the previous generation of ZEISS coatings tears and peels, DuraVision® Platinum only shows fine lines. Less scattered light is generated and a higher Bayer ratio is achieved.