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STAAR Surgical Collamer(R) Accommodating Study Team Reports First Phase Assessments at AAO
Date:10/26/2009

118 eyes). Based on the preliminary assessment, the outcomes indicate that nanoFLEX provides superior distance-corrected near vision compared with the leading standard IOLs and comparable results to current premium IOLs. In addition, the outcomes indicate that nanoFLEX provides superior distance-corrected intermediate vision to any IOL compared - including premium IOLs. The collective data from the CAST was presented October 24th during the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) by Dr. James Lewis from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Craig Felberg, Vice President of Research and Development, STAAR Surgical, presented longer term patient data on the accommodative properties of the Collamer material which was collected by Dr. Liviu Saimovici of New York City. Mr. Felberg also reviewed the plans for the CAST Second Phase.

"The CAST assessment of the baseline accommodating properties of the new Collamer nanoFLEX IOL is quite encouraging and better than we expected when this evaluation began," said Barry G. Caldwell, President and CEO of STAAR Surgical. "Our product development team is engineering minor design changes to the nanoFLEX for the purpose of a Second Phase which will include a clinical study by CAST members to determine whether these minor design changes can improve upon current results. We very much appreciate the work by the CAST members and in particular the leadership of Dr. Lewis during this First Phase."

Distance-corrected near vision results of 20/32, or better, was achieved in 30% of CAST patients while 20/40, or better, was achieved in 48% of patients. These results are superior to the leading standard IOLs in the market. The comparisons were based on the assessments made by the CAST physicians for the nanoFLEX and from data collected in FDA clinical trials as to standard IOL controls used in studies for accommodating and presbyopia correcting IOLs. The distance-corrected near vision data also compared favorably to the curre
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