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STAAR SURGICAL POSTS PROFITABLE FIRST QUARTER

 MONROVIA, Calif., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- STAAR Surgical Company (NASDAQ: STAA) reported a first quarter net profit of $409,000 (8 cents per share) compared to a loss of over $1.4 million the previous year's first quarter. Sales for the period of $4,265,000 were up over 100 percent of last year's $2,201,000 sales pace.
 "STAAR's fully injectable IOL's continue to be eagerly received in the marketplace and our market share expansion reflects this fact," stated John R. Wolf, president and CEO.
 "During the ensuing year, we plan to broaden STAAR's product offerings and expand our global presence to add to sales and earnings."
 STAAR Surgical Company, a publicly traded company founded in 1982, develops, manufactures and markets products for small incision ophthalmic surgery, primarily for use in cataract procedures. All of STAAR's primary products are approved by the FDA.
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 /CONTACT: William Roberts of Cameron Towey Central (investors), 513-891-1818; or Jane Ingalls of Sawyer/Miller Group (media), 212-303-2518; both for STAAR Surgical Company/
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