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ALLERGAN MEDICAL OPTICS MOTION FOR PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION DENIED A SECOND TIME

 MONROVIA, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) announced today that the United States District Court denied a renewed motion for a preliminary injunction to Allergan Medical Optics, Inc. ("AMO") which would have prohibited STAAR from using a cartridge as part of its foldable intraocular lens delivery system.
 In its original request for preliminary injunction in March 1993, AMO alleged that it owned exclusive rights to the use of the cartridge, which is commonly referred to as the "Bartell Patent." STAAR has continuously maintained that it owns the Bartell patent as a result of contractual relationships with Bartell dating back to 1984, as well as its "Mazzocco" patent, which dates back to 1982.
 In refusing to grant AMO an injunction for the second time, the court reiterated that STAAR may be the owner of the Bartell patent based on information it reviewed. It added that an injunction or any other relief restricting STAAR Surgical's action will not be granted to AMO until ownership of the patent has finally been determined. The court earlier noted that AMO waited five years before bringing any action. Thus, it did not make the showing of irreparable harm necessary to obtain an injunction.
 STAAR Surgical Company is a leader in the rapidly growing intraocular lens industry. The company develops, manufactures and markets products for small incision ophthalmic surgery, for use in cataract procedures. All of STAAR's primary products are approved by the FDA.
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 /CONTACT: William H. Roberts of Cameron Towey Central, 513-469-0202, for STAAR Surgical/
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