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Advanced Medical Optics Announces It Is Launching COMPLETE MoisturePLUS.

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SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 18, 2003

Newest and Most Innovative Eye Care Product

Unique Formulation Helps Prevent Dryness and Supports Ocular Health

Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (AMO) (NYSE:AVO), a global leader in ophthalmic surgical devices and eye care products, announced it is launching COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) multi-purpose solution (MPS), its newest and most innovative product in its eye care business, in North America and European markets. It is the first and only multi-purpose contact lens solution with a unique formulation that helps prevent dryness and discomfort associated with contact lens wear -- the single largest reason cited by soft contact lens wearers for no longer choosing to wear contacts.

"COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) MPS builds a moisture shield in and around the contact lens for a difference that's very real and very tangible to contact lens wearers," said David Noon, vice president of Eye Care sales and marketing for AMO North America. "This difference is tangible whether they are experiencing dryness or just seeking the most comfortable contact lens wearing experience."

COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) MPS contains specially formulated tear technology ingredients such as the dual lubricants hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and propylene glycol (PG), essential electrolytes such as potassium chloride and sodium phosphate, and taurine, an amino acid, that help support ocular health and a healthier contact lens wearing experience. It also contains time-released moisture, to keep contact lenses just as comfortable at the end of the day as at the beginning. Because of its four hour soak time and its no-rub formulation, COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) MPS is a convenient multi-purpose solution for any soft contact lens wearer.

"New COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) represents a breakthrough in the way that multi-purpose formulations are approached," said Milton M. Hom, O.D., FAAO. "The product represents a shift away from concentrating simply on lethality and more on overall comfort and corneal health. In my own experience, COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) has clearly demonstrated the potential to make a huge difference in comfort among my contact lens patients."

"We are very excited about introducing this unique and innovative product to the market," said James V. Mazzo, president and CEO of AMO. "This is another example of our commitment to providing leading edge technologies that address clear market needs."

COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM) MPS is available in the eye care section at mass retail, grocery and drug stores nationwide.

About Advanced Medical Optics

Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. (AMO) is a global leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of eye care and ophthalmic surgical products. The Company focuses on developing a broad suite of innovative technologies and devices to address a wide range of eye disorders. Products in the eye care line include contact lens disinfecting solutions, daily cleaners, enzymatic cleaners and rewetting drops. Among the well-known contact lens care product brands the Company possesses are COMPLETE(R) MoisturePLUS(TM); COMPLETE(R) Blink-N-Clean(R), Consept(R)F, Consept(R) 1 Step, Oxysept(R) 1 Step, UltraCare(R), Ultrazyme(R), Total Care(R) and blink(TM) branded products. Products in the ophthalmic surgical line include foldable intraocular lenses, phacoemulsification systems, viscoelastics and related products used in cataract surgery, and microkeratomes used in LASIK procedures for refractive error correction. AMO owns or has the rights to such well-known ophthalmic surgical product brands as Phacoflex(R), Clariflex(R), Array(R) and Sensar(R) foldable intraocular lenses, the Sovereign(R) phacoemulsification system with WhiteStar(TM) technology and the Amadeus(TM) microkeratome. Amadeus is a licensed product of, and a trademark of, SIS, Ltd.

Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. is based in Santa Ana, California, and employs approximately 2,000 worldwide. The Company has operations in about 20 countries and markets products in approximately 60 countries. For more information, visit the Company's web site at www.amo-inc.com or you can contact the AMO Investor Relations Department by calling 714-247-8348.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements about AMO and its businesses, such as Mr. Mazzo's statements and statements about the product launch. Any statements in this press release that refer to AMO's estimated or anticipated future results are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements in this press release reflect AMO's current analysis of existing trends and information and represent AMO's judgment only as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ from current expectations based on a number of factors affecting AMO's businesses, including but not limited to competitive, regulatory and market conditions; the acceptance of new products and the continuing acceptance of current products; the execution of strategic initiatives; and the uncertainties associated with intellectual property protection for these products. In addition, matters generally affecting the domestic and global economy, such as changes in interest and currency exchange rates, can affect AMO's results. Therefore, the reader is cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements. AMO disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

Additional information concerning these and other risk factors may be found in previous financial press releases issued by AMO. AMO's public periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the discussion under the heading "Certain Factors and Trends Affecting AMO and its Businesses" in AMO's 2002 Form 10-K and in AMO's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 27, 2003, also include information concerning these and other risk factors. Copies of press releases and additional information about AMO are available on the World Wide Web at www.amo-inc.com, or you can contact the AMO Investor Relations Department by calling 714-247-8348.
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