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Richard A. Meier Appointed to STAAR Surgical Board of Directors
Date:6/25/2009

e strong progress," Mr. Meier said. "STAAR is a leader in the evolving refractive phakic lens market and has been consistently improving its operating performance in a very difficult economic environment. I believe the company is positioned to generate further progress and I look forward to assisting the Company's drive to sustainable profitable growth."

Prior to joining AMO, Mr. Meier was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (formerly ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc.). Before joining Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Meier was a senior vice president with the investment banking firm of Schroder & Co. Inc. in New York from 1996 until joining Valeant Pharmaceuticals in 1998. Prior to Mr. Meier's experience at Schroder & Co., he held various financial and banking positions at Salomon Smith Barney, Manufacturers Hanover Corporation, as well as other financial and management positions at other firms. Mr. Meier currently serves as a Director at BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. (Nasdaq: BMRN), a company which develops and commercializes innovative biopharmaceuticals for serious diseases and medical conditions. BioMarin had revenues of approximately $300 million in 2008. Mr. Meier is a graduate of Princeton University with a Major in Economics.

About STAAR Surgical

STAAR Surgical is a leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of minimally invasive ophthalmic products employing proprietary technologies. STAAR's products are used by ophthalmic surgeons and include the Visian ICL, a tiny, flexible lens implanted to correct refractive errors, as well as innovative products designed to improve patient outcomes for cataracts and glaucoma. Manufactured in Switzerland by STAAR, the ICL is approved by the FDA for use in treating myopia, has received C
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