Leica Microsystems and Bausch + Lomb Sign Global Agreement for Surgical Operating Microscopes

   Leica Microsystems and Bausch + Lomb Sign Global Agreement for Surgical
                            Operating Microscopes

Bausch + Lomb to Distribute Leica Microsystems' Medical Products to Ophthalmic
Customers in Select Global Markets

PR Newswire

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and WETZLAR, Germany, April 16, 2013

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. and WETZLAR, Germany, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Leica
Microsystems, a leading manufacturer of microscopes and scientific
instruments, and Bausch + Lomb, the global eye health company, today announced
that Bausch + Lomb will distribute Leica ophthalmic surgical microscopes, and
accessories in select markets across Europe, the United States, India and
Latin America beginning this month. 

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The partnership combines the strength of Leica's innovative ophthalmic
microscopes with Bausch + Lomb's global commercial infrastructure, while
expanding Bausch + Lomb's offerings for ophthalmic surgeons. Bausch + Lomb's
current portfolio of products for cataract, refractive and retinal surgery
includes intraocular lenses, equipment, instruments, procedure packs, and
other supplies. With the recent purchase of Technolas™ Perfect Vision GmbH, an
ophthalmology laser company based in Munich, Germany, the company has become
an emerging leader in femtosecond laser technology for cataract surgery. Under
this agreement, Bausch + Lomb can now offer Leica Microsystems' ophthalmic
portfolio, which ranges from routine cataract microscopes to high-end retinal
systems. Among these is the Leica M822 for cataract procedures, which combines
LED and halogen lighting for a stable red reflex. Per the contract, this
relationship may be expanded over time.

John Barr, executive vice president and president, Bausch + Lomb Global
Surgical, commented, "We are happy to announce the partnership of two leading
companies in the field of eye surgery. Bausch + Lomb is a perfect partner for
companies, such as Leica Microsystems, looking to broaden their market reach
through a powerful worldwide commercial infrastructure. Leica Microsystems is
a trusted, established brand in the industry and the company is known for
their innovative microscopes and scientific instruments. We are excited to
offer Leica surgical microscopes, as they enhance our ability to offer a
'one-stop shop' for an ophthalmic surgeons' needs, while also accelerating the
growth of our business."

"Through this partnership with Bausch + Lomb, we will be able to provide more
patients around the world with better access to our world-leading imaging
systems," added Eoghan O'Lionaird, president, Leica Microsystems. "We are
pleased to have such a respected and innovative company as Bausch + Lomb as
our partner. Our customers, their patients, and our business will benefit from
this collaboration as ophthalmic surgeons will have a single source supplier
for their equipment needs."

About Leica Microsystems

Leica Microsystems is a world leader in microscopes and scientific
instruments. Founded as a family business in the nineteenth century, the
company's history was marked by unparalleled innovation on its way to becoming
a global enterprise.

Its historically close cooperation with the scientific community is the key to
Leica Microsystems' tradition of innovation, which draws on users' ideas and
creates solutions tailored to their requirements. At the global level, Leica
Microsystems is organized in three divisions, all of which are among the
leaders in their respective fields: the Life Science Division, Industry
Division and Medical Division.

The company is represented in over 100 countries with six manufacturing
facilities in five countries, sales and service organizations in 20 countries,
and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in
Wetzlar, Germany.

About Bausch + Lomb
Bausch + Lomb is a leading global eye health company that is solely focused on
protecting, enhancing, and restoring people's eyesight. Our core businesses
include ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, contact lenses and lens care products, and
ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments.We globally develop, manufacture
and market one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in our industry,
which are available in more than 100 countries. Founded in 1853, our company
is headquartered in Rochester, NY, and employs more than 11,000 people
worldwide. 

SOURCE Bausch + Lomb

Website: http://www.bausch.com
Contact: Jeanie Herbert, Global Surgical Communications, Bausch + Lomb, (949)
521-7948, (714) 325-3584 (mobile) or jeanie.herbert@bausch.com, or Tad
Heitmann, BioComm Network on behalf of Bausch + Lomb, (714) 273-2937 or
theitmann@BioCommNetwork.com, Claudia Mueller, Leica Microsystems GmbH, +49
6441 29 2630 or corporate.communications@leica-microsystems.com