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FOR RELEASE 5/1/2009, Friday

Russia’s Leading Opticians Visit Bausch & Lomb Waterford

WATERFORD, IRELAND, May 1, 2009 -- Bausch & Lomb hosted a delegation of opticians, owners, administrators and managers from Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States on a visit to its Waterford plant where contact lenses and other eye healthcare products are manufactured.

The 31-strong delegation was led by Larissa Dombrovskaya, who is Bausch & Lomb’s sales manager for the Volga, Ural, Siberia and Far East regions of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States. The members of the delegation met senior managers and a cross-section of employees during their day-long visit to the manufacturing plant.

Larissa Dombrovskaya said the visitors were very impressed by the welcome they received in Ireland, particularly from the employees of Bausch & Lomb.

“Our customers received very useful and important firsthand information during the visit,” said Larissa. “They came away even more confident of the excellence of the products made in Waterford, which provides them with huge motivation to sell more. Our visit was very useful and effective,” she added.

Paula Tebay, Bausch & Lomb’s Exports and Customer Relations Manager, said that everybody at the Waterford plant was very pleased that Bausch & Lomb Russia organised the visit to Waterford, as it provides the visitors with an opportunity to see how the products they sell are manufactured, and it gives Bausch & Lomb employees in Waterford an opportunity to show customers the professional standards operating at the facility.

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About Bausch & Lomb
Bausch & Lomb is the eye health company dedicated to perfecting vision and enhancing life for consumers around the world. Its core businesses include 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 more than 10,000 people worldwide.  Its products are available in more than 100 countries.  More information can be found at www.bausch.com.