Bausch & Lomb's Blurry Sales Picture
Dr. Michael Shapiro, an ophthalmic surgeon in Madison, Wis., couldn't wait to get his hands on Bausch & Lomb Inc.'s hot new laser. The company got U.S. approval in February for its Technolas 217 laser, a device well known overseas. It uses a scalpel-like light beam that works on a bigger portion of the cornea, leaving it smoother than older machines. That cuts the chances of winding up with blurry night vision--a common post-surgery complaint. The excitement has even reached patients, who call asking: "Are you the one with the flying spot laser?"
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