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STAAR Surgical Reports Operational Progress
Date:9/19/2007

Company Is Building Direct Refractive Sales Force, Retaining Cataract Sales

Force and Lowering Operating Costs

MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (Nasdaq: STAA) today reported progress in its deployment of a direct U.S. sales force dedicated to selling the Company's Visian(TM) Implantable Collamer(R) Lens (ICL(TM)) and in the retention of key sales representatives for its cataract products. In addition, the Company has taken actions expected to yield annualized cost savings of approximately $1.5 million in its U.S. operations and is actively studying additional strategies to further reduce operating costs.

"In early August we outlined our strategy to create a separate direct refractive sales team in the U.S. for our Visian ICL comprised of proctoring specialists and practice development specialists led by regionally based refractive sales managers. To date, we have successfully recruited a seasoned staff of 15 people out of our total target group of 18," said David Bailey, President and CEO of STAAR Surgical.

"In addition, we modified the structure of our cataract sales force in the U.S., moving to a more focused effort led by three regional managers," continued Mr. Bailey. "This newly aligned cataract sales team consists of both direct and independent salespeople. We are especially pleased that in the two regions previously managed under the Company's recently expired Regional Manufacturer's Representative contracts, a majority of the targeted independent territory representatives have agreed to stay with STAAR. This is a significant step in maintaining continuity and quality service for STAAR's current U.S. cataract customer base while we
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