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FOR RELEASE 4/7/2008, Monday

Bausch & Lomb Lens Wins 2008 Medical Design Excellence Awards Competition

Akreos™ AO Micro Incision Intraocular Lens Receives Prestigious Honor

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Bausch & Lomb today announced that its Akreos AO Micro Incision Intraocular Lens (Akreos MI60) has won a 2008 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA), the premier awards program for the medical technology community.

In keeping with Bausch & Lomb’s drive for smaller cataract incisions and ever better patient outcomes, the innovative Akreos MI60 intraocular lens was designed specifically for implantation through a 1.8-mm incision. It can be inserted through a micro incision due to its incredibly strong yet flexible acrylic base material: a unique acrylic material that has a ten year history of performance and successful implantation in more than two million eyes worldwide.

“With the Akreos MI60 intraocular lens and the new Stellaris® Vision Enhancement System, accommodating both 1.8 mm coaxial and biaxial techniques, Bausch & Lomb is the only company today that can offer such a complete solution for micro incision cataract surgery” said Dr. Joel Pynson, director - design engineering who led the Akreos MI60 project team.

“As part of our innovative, industry-leading lens portfolio the Akreos MI60 provides surgeons with options that deliver the outcomes their patients demand,” said Alan Farnsworth, corporate vice president and president, Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

The Akreos MI60 is available in Europe and Asia. It is not yet approved for use in the United States. Please visit www.micsplatform.com for more information.

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News Media Contact:

                 John Guckes                             Lindsay Brooks                         Anthony Neo
                Bausch & Lomb Corporate     Bausch & Lomb Europe            Bausch & Lomb Asia
                585.338.5583                           +44(0) 7917 464 843                 +65 6490 5805
                john.guckes@bausch.com     lindsay.brooks@bausch.com   anthony.neo@bausch.com

 

Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for consumers around the world. Its core businesses include soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses and lens care products, and ophthalmic surgical and pharmaceutical products. The Bausch & Lomb name is one of the best known and most respected healthcare brands in the world. Founded in 1853, the Company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs approximately 13,000 people worldwide. Its products are available in more than 100 countries. More information about the Company can be found at www.bausch.com.

Akreos is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated.