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STAAR Surgical's LASIK Alternative Expands U.S. Market Gains
Date:6/12/2008

- Visian ICL Second Quarter Sales Already Exceed Q1 2008 and Q2 2007 Levels - STAAR Announces Internet Marketing Campaign with Leading Visian ICL

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MONROVIA, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (Nasdaq: STAA), a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of minimally invasive ophthalmic products, today announced that Visian ICL(TM) (Implantable Collamer Lens) sales in the U.S. for the second quarter have already exceeded the total sales for both the first quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2007. The company also announced the launch of its first viral marketing initiative, a national consumer video competition, "BEYOND LASIK - the Visian ICL(TM)," which will begin with local contests driven by leading Visian ICL surgeons throughout the U.S.

"The Visian ICL continues to expand its U.S. market presence," said Barry G. Caldwell, President and CEO of STAAR Surgical. "We have seen several factors contribute to the Visian ICL's strong sales growth including new media attention to the Visian ICL as an alternative for LASIK, additional consumer awareness that not all potential refractive patients are candidates for LASIK and the Visian ICL Growth Program(TM) for physicians and practice refractive administrators. Additionally, Visian ICL patients reported over a 99% satisfaction rate in a five-year follow up of participants in the original FDA clinical study. All of these could help explain the accelerating growth of the Visian ICL at a time when reports continue on the decline of LASIK procedures and the softness of the economy in the U.S.," added Mr. Caldwell.

In April the Visian ICL Growth Program was developed in collaboration with Dr. Brian Bo
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