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08/17/2020, Monday


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BAUSCH + LOMB LAUNCHES INNOVATIVE BAUSCH + LOMB INFUSE SILICONE HYDROGEL (SIHY) DAILY DISPOSABLE CONTACT LENSES


Next Generation Material Infused with Proprietary ProBalance Technology to Help Maintain Ocular Surface Homeostasis and Help Reduce Contact Lens Dryness, Which Affects More Than Half of Lens Wearers in the United States

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., August 17, 2020 -- Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health business of Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) ("Bausch Health"), today announced the launch of Bausch + Lomb INFUSE silicone hydrogel (SiHy) daily disposable contact lens, the only SiHy daily disposable designed with a next generation material infused with ProBalance Technology to help maintain ocular surface homeostasis and help reduce symptoms of contact lens dryness, which is experienced by approximately half1 of the 45 million lens wearers in the United States.2,3

Contact lenses, by nature, alter the balance of ocular surface homeostasis. This can lead to symptoms of dryness and discomfort. Bausch + Lomb INFUSE contact lenses feature a next-generation SiHy daily disposable lens material (kalifilcon A) and ProBalance Technology that work together to help maintain ocular surface homeostasis to help reduce contact lens dryness and discomfort. The ProBalance Technology formula includes the osmoprotectants - erythritol and glycerin, and the electrolyte - potassium, inspired by the TFOS (Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society) DEWS II (Dry Eye Workshop) report.

“We’re proud to announce the availability of our latest innovation, the Bausch + Lomb INFUSE SiHy daily disposable lens, engineered with our most advanced proprietary contact lens technologies,” said John Ferris, vice president and general manager, U.S. Vision Care, Bausch + Lomb. “Bausch + Lomb has combined an advanced material with the latest science to engineer a breakthrough new lens, designed to help maintain ocular surface homeostasis and deliver all-day-comfort, addressing the unmet need of dryness associated with lens wear.”

The ProBalance Technology formula also includes two moisturizers to help retain hydration, provide a smooth, wettable surface and maintain tear proteins in a healthy state. ProBalance Technology is infused into the lens material during the manufacturing process. These proprietary ingredients are released during lens wear. Bausch + Lomb INFUSE combines exceptional breathability for healthy lens wear with the highest moisture content and lowest modulus among SiHy daily disposables*, and it maintains 96% of its moisture for a full 16 hours.

“Many of my patients believe they have to sacrifice moisture for vision correction due to contact lens dryness. I’m excited to be able to offer them a new lens design that goes beyond material characteristics to look at how the lens material and solution technology can work together,” said Arthur B. Epstein, O.D., Director of Clinical Research and the Dry Eye and Ocular Surface Disease Center, Phoenix Eye Care. “By understanding the ocular environment in which a contact lens resides, Bausch + Lomb was able to address patients’ needs by seeking a different approach and design that helps maintain ocular surface homeostasis to help reduce symptoms of contact lens dryness.”

For more information on Bausch + Lomb INFUSE contact lenses visit www.bauschInfuse.com and www.bauschinfuse.com/ecp

About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb, a leading global eye health business of Bausch Health Companies Inc., is solely focused on helping people see better to live better. Its core businesses include over-the-counter products, dietary supplements, eye care products, ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, contact lenses, lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments. Bausch + Lomb develops, manufactures and markets one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry, which is available in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.bausch.com.

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*Versus leading silicone hydrogel daily disposables, DAILIES TOTAL1 and ACUVUE OASYS 1-DAY, based on dollar share of segment.

INFUSE is a trademark of Bausch & Lomb Incorporated or its affiliates.
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1. National Institutes of Health. www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
2. American Optometric Association. www.aoa.org
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. www.cdc.gov

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