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11/6/2008, Thursday

FOR RELEASE 11/6/2008, Thursday

2008 EFCLIN Award Presented to Bausch & Lomb’s Dr. Joseph Barr Recognizes Dr. Barr’s Dedication and Individual Contribution to the Contact Lens Industry

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Joseph Barr, O.D., M.S., vice president, Global Clinical & Medical Affairs and Professional Services, Vision Care for Bausch & Lomb, has been named the 2008 recipient of the prestigious EFCLIN Award for his outstanding contributions to the contact lens industry.

EFCLIN (European Federation of the Contact Lens Industry), whose membership includes international contact lens manufacturers and suppliers, champions education and maintenance of the highest level of professional services within the contact lens industry. Each year EFCLIN recognizes a dedicated individual whose selfless contributions have made a lasting and positive effect on the industry. Dr. Barr was chosen specifically for his continued commitment to education, and for his many professional publications and lectures by which he has advanced the fitting of contact lenses.

Dr. Barr has devoted his career to professional education as well as research and development. He is an emeritus professor of Optometry and Vision Science at The Ohio State University and was the director of the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation in Keratoconus Photography Reading Center. He has written more than 50 peer-reviewed publications related to contact lenses and the cornea. He previously served as chairman of the Section on Cornea and Contact Lenses of the American Academy of Optometry.

Prior to joining Bausch & Lomb in July 2007 as vice president, global research and development, Vision Care, he served as the associate dean for Clinical Services and Professional Program at The Ohio State University College of Optometry. From 1983 to 1998, he was chief of the Contact Lens Clinical Service, and was chairman of the Clinic Committee/Chief of Optometry Clinical Services from 1986 to 1996.

From 1987 to 2007, Dr. Barr was editor of Contact Lens Spectrum, holding one of the longest editorial tenures in healthcare publishing. He also edited the Contact Lens Today weekly newsletter.

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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 can be found at

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