Coastal Contacts Names Former Luxottica Executive, Greg Lechner, Vice President, Business Development, USA

Coastal Contacts Names Former Luxottica Executive, Greg Lechner, Vice
President, Business Development, USA

VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 17, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Coastal
Contacts Inc. (TSX:COA) (Stockholm:COA), the planet's biggest online eyewear
company, announced today that Greg Lechner has been named Vice President,
Business Development, USA.

Mr. Lechner brings more than eighteen years of successful senior marketing,
brand and business development experience from Luxottica Group, an $8B global
leader in optical products and retailing.

"We are pleased to have Greg join the Coastal team as we build out our
leadership group and infrastructure with the goal of becoming the World's
Optical Store," stated Roger Hardy, Coastal's Founder and CEO. "His experience
will be of great value as Coastal continues its expansion into the U.S. market
through enhancements to our online product offering and development of
strategic partnerships with retail chains, eye care practitioner groups and
managed care organizations."

Mr. Lechner held positions of increasing responsibility at Luxottica, USA,
including Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, Vice President, Marketing,
Lenscrafters and Vice President, Strategy-Internet/Phone Sales and Service.

Mr. Lechner holds a BS (Accounting and Finance) and MBA (Marketing).

About Coastal Contacts Inc.:

Coastal Contacts, Inc. is the planet's biggest online eyewear company.Coastal
empowers customers to easily browse, try on and buy eyewear—saving time, money
and sanity. With every pair of qualifying frames purchased, Coastal donates a
pair to someone in need through its Change the View Project. Founded in the
year 2000, Coastal designs, produces and distributes the largest selection of
eyeglasses and contact lenses on the Internet, including a unique combination
of designer eyeglasses, contact lenses, sunglasses, and vision care
accessories.Coastal services customers in more than 150 countries through the
Coastal Contactsfamily of websites including:,,,,,,,, and

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CONTACT: Terry Vanderkruyk
         Vice President, Corporate Development
         Coastal Contacts Inc.
         Greg Lechner
         Vice President, Business Development, USA
         Coastal Contacts Inc.
         Budd Zuckerman
         Genesis Select Corp
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