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10/30/2007, Tuesday

FOR RELEASE 10/30/2007, Tuesday

Alan Farnsworth Appointed to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness/VISION 2020 Board of Trustees

LONDON — Alan H. Farnsworth, Bausch & Lomb corporate senior vice president and president of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region, has been appointed to the board of trustees for the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness/VISION 2020.


VISION 2020: The Right to Sight is the global initiative for the elimination of avoidable blindness, coordinated jointly by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, with an international membership of NGOs, professional associations, eye care institutions and corporations.


“I’m honored to have been given this responsibility, helping guide member organizations throughout the world who are committed to eliminating avoidable blindness by the year 2020,” said Farnsworth. “It’s a noble undertaking, and one which Bausch & Lomb — with our 154-year heritage of perfecting vision — wholeheartedly and passionately supports.”


The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness was established in 1975 as a coordinating, umbrella organization to lead international efforts in blindness prevention activities. Its first major achievement was to promote the establishment of the WHO Program for Prevention of Blindness, with which it has remained strongly linked, and which is now embodied in VISION 2020: The Right to Sight.


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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 about the Company can be found at



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