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Military Doctor, World-Class Skier Chooses Paragon CRT to Effectively Improve Vision.

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MESA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 13, 2004

Opting for an innovative vision-correction therapy, Dr. R. Duncan Douglas, a world-class skier and current military medical reservist, chose Paragon's CRT(R) contact lens for overnight Corneal Refractive Therapy to correct his nearsightedness.

With multiple vision correction options available, including LASIK surgery, many consumers wanting freedom from the hassles of daytime contact lenses and glasses who are too young, who are not candidates or who prefer a nonsurgical option, are selecting Paragon CRT therapeutic contact lenses to correct nearsightedness.

Douglas, a member of the 1992 and 1994 United States Winter Olympic teams and the United States biathlon team from 1986 to 1994, currently works at the University of Rochester Medical Center in anesthesiology. Douglas relies heavily on his improved vision to perform medical duties and maintain accurate marksmanship while shooting a rifle for biathlon competitions.

Paragon CRT is the only therapeutic contact lens FDA-approved for overnight corneal reshaping. During sleep, Paragon CRT gently and safely reshapes the cornea to correct nearsightedness with or without moderate astigmatism. When users awake, they simply remove the lens and experience clear, natural vision without daytime contacts or glasses.

The FDA approval followed an extensive and successful clinical study. Results of the study showed almost 70 percent of Paragon CRT patients achieving 20/20 vision or better and more than 93 percent achieving 20/32 vision or better, which is superior to 20/40 vision that most states require to drive a car with an unrestricted license.

"Paragon CRT gives me freedom from contacts and glasses during the day without the need for surgery," said Douglas. "In my profession and with my participation in world-class athletics, perfect vision is essential to maintaining a competitive standard. Although my sleeping habits are unpredictable because of my work at the hospital, the 4 to 5 hours I sleep each night is sufficient to yield perfect results, 20/15 OD (right eye) and 20/10 OS (left eye), throughout my waking hours."

Not only is Paragon CRT a noninvasive alternative to laser-corrective surgery, there are no age restrictions and it is reversible. Parents and their children can all be candidates for Paragon CRT. The process temporarily reshapes the cornea; therefore, if a patient chooses to discontinue wearing the lenses, the cornea will return to its original shape. In addition, Paragon CRT allows for adjustments for normal changes in vision that occur as people age.

Paragon CRT is only available through trained and certified practitioners. A current list of practitioners can be found at www.paragoncrt.com. The site is updated daily as new practitioners are added. Paragon CRT is a product of Paragon Vision Sciences, a privately held corporation based in Mesa, Ariz. Paragon Vision Sciences is a leading manufacturer of advanced materials used to produce contact lenses. For more than 25 years, Paragon Vision Sciences has been at the forefront of research and development, including a 10-year R&D project with NASA in which Paragon studied polymerization of contact lens materials aboard three Space Shuttle missions. All operations are conducted in compliance with the FDA regulations. For additional information regarding Paragon CRT or Paragon Vision Sciences, visit www.paragoncrt.com or www.paragonvision.com.
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