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Alternative to LASIK Increases Momentum with U.S. Consumers
Date:7/14/2008

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Second quarter U.S. ICL sales are based on preliminary quarterly financial data, which may be subject to change when complete results are announced.

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All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including any statements of the plans, strategies, and objectives of management for future operations, statements of belief and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These statements are based on expectations and assumptions as of the date of this press release and are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. The risks and uncertainties include the possibility that a decline in general economic conditions will decrease U.S. demand for elective procedures and reduce ICL sales, the possibility that negative publicity about complications of LASIK could reduce demand for all refractive procedures, our limited capital resources and limited access to financing, negative publicity resulting from past correspondence with the FDA and the integrity hold placed on our clinical activities, the challenge of managing foreign subsidiaries, the willingness of surgeons and patients to adopt a new product and procedure and other factors beyond our control, including those detailed from time to time in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. There can be no assurance that the rate of growth in U.S. sales of Visian ICL experienced in the year to date will continue. STAAR assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect future events or actual outcomes and does not intend to do so.

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