B&L invests in presbyopia

March 1, 2007

Bausch & Lomb has made an equity investment in AcuFocus.

Bausch & Lomb has made an equity investment in - and secures an exclusive option to purchase - AcuFocus, a privately held company in California, USA.

AcuFocus is developing a corneal inlay, the ACI 7000, for the treatment of presbyopia. The inlay is implanted in the cornea under a LASIK flap and incorporates technology that increases a patient's depth of field, thereby improving near vision. The procedure involves no tissue removal and does not permanently alter the cornea, so pre-implant vision can be restored should the inlay be removed. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.