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FOR RELEASE 6/1/2011, Wednesday

Bausch + Lomb Storz® Ophthalmics Introduces New Collection of StableGrip™ Vitreoretinal Instruments

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- Bausch + Lomb Storz® Ophthalmic Instruments has improved upon its existing line of vitreoretinal instrumentation with the U.S. release of StableGrip™ Vitreoretinal Instruments for comfort and control.

The new StableGrip Vitreoretinal Handle features a contoured, titanium handle for lightweight balance and tactile control. The squeeze handle mechanism has been designed to activate compatible vitreoretinal tips smoothly and consistently with fingertip rotation control designed for accurate tip alignment.

In addition to the new handle, Storz Ophthalmics is introducing new vitreoretinal tips with an enhanced hub design. The new hub design incorporates a compact configuration that is designed to provide enhanced comfort and control to the surgeon. In addition, the hubs feature a color-coding system to indicate the instrument’s gauge size and tip design.

The StableGrip collection includes five vitreoretinal forceps and two vitreoretinal scissors, each available in 23- and 25-gauge options. The available tip configurations include: Micro Pic Forceps, Asymmetrical Peeling Forceps, ILM Forceps, Endgripping Forceps, Micro Forceps, Vertical Scissors and Curved Scissors.

In addition to the StableGrip handle and tips, customers can obtain the E2428 Awh Sutureless Sclerotomy Guide. This instrument is designed to allow the surgeon to perform conjunctival displacement, conjunctival marking, scleral flattening and cannula stabilization with a single instrument. It features a textured bottom for atraumatic conjunctival displacement as well as 3.0 and 4.0 mm marks on the top of the guide to facilitate measuring the entry location. A notch is provided to engage and stabilize the cannula hub during plug placement and removal. This instrument can also be used to flatten the sclera during sclerotomy wound construction and is designed to create a longer and more watertight wound.

For more information, to request a quote, or to place an order online, visit the Bausch + Lomb Storz Ophthalmic Instruments Web site at www.storzeye.com/stablegrip. You may also contact Bausch + Lomb’s customer service support center at 1-800-338-2020 from 5:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST.

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News Media Contact:

Stephanie Haenchen
Sr. Marketing Coordinator, Surgical Instruments, Bausch + Lomb
+1-636-226-3788 or stephanie.haenchen@bausch.com

About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. 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 is available at www.bausch.com.

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