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STAAR Surgical Forms Team of Leading Ophthalmic Surgeons to Study the Use of Collamer(R) Material for Accommodating Intraocular Lenses
Date:11/20/2008

poly-HEMA based copolymer, a small amount of collagen and a UV-absorbing chromophore (light absorbing chemical). When fully hydrated, the Collamer lens material possesses a high water content concentrated at the surface of the lens. The distribution of the water content (the bulk at the lens's surface) creates an anti-reflective interface in Collamer lenses. Other characteristics of the Collamer lens are its low levels of aberrations, biocompatibility and bio-adhesive properties. These unique features make Collamer an ideal optic material and highly suitable for an accommodative lens. STAAR's formula and processes for making Collamer are protected by patents. Lenses made of Collamer have been approved by the FDA for implantation since 2000.

About STAAR Surgical

STAAR 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 CE Marking and is sold in more than 40 countries. More information is available at http://www.staar.com.

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All statements in this press release that are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements, including any statements about future development of accommodating Collamer lens designs or other 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 numerou
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