This study examined the interaction of seven different lens materials with a multipurpose solution (MPS) containing the disinfectants polyquaternium-1 (0.001%) and myristamidopropyl dimethylamine (0.0005%). The objective of this study was to determine whether the different lens materials affect the concentration of a disinfectant in this commercially available MPS and the efficacy of the disinfectant against Staphylococcus aureus.
Silicone hydrogel lenses (galyfilcon A, senofilcon A, comfilcon A, enfilcon A, balafilcon A, and lotrafilcon B) and a conventional hydrogel lens (etafilcon A) were soaked in polypropylene lens cases filled with commercially available MPS containing 0.001% polyquaternium-1 and 0.0005% myristamidopropyl dimethylamine for 6, 12, 24, 72, and 168 hours. Empty lens cases were also filled with MPS. After each time point, solutions from cases containing the seven types of lenses and controls were assayed for activity against S. aureus according to International Standards Organization 14729 standard with modifications. Test solutions were analyzed for polyquaternium-1 and myristamidopropyl dimethylamine concentration at each time point.
The concentration of polyquaternium-1 and myristamidopropyl dimethylamine remaining in the lens cases was reduced only slightly over time. Storage with the lenses did not adversely affect biocidal efficacy of the solution, and in some cases, it was significantly better (P=0.0029).
The efficacy of this polyquaternium-1 and myristamidopropyl dimethylamine MPS to kill S. aureus was not adversely affected by the presence of lens materials soaking in the cases. Thus, current methods for performing solution antimicrobial testing should be reevaluated.