STAAR Surgical Announces Strategic Alliance Agreement With California Center for Refractive Surgery (CCRS)

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LAKE FOREST, Calif.—STAAR Surgical (NASDAQ: STAA), a developer, manufacturer and marketer of implantable lenses and companion delivery systems, has entered into a strategic alliance with the California Center for Refractive Surgery (CCRS), a Los Angeles-based eyecare group with locations in Hancock Park and Sherman Oaks. “Our new multi-clinic alliance with CCRS and its founder Dr. Paul Lee is representative of the new strategic partnership model we are now offering to highly-qualified ophthalmic partners in the U.S., the second largest market for refractive vision correction in the world,” said Caren Mason, president and CEO of STAAR Surgical.

“Dr. Lee, a leading ophthalmic surgeon who attended our inaugural U.S. Surgeons Council Summit earlier this year, has subsequently increased his commitment to use our Visian ICL family of lenses for vision correction in his clinics and now has plans to open one of the first lens-based only clinics in the U.S. in the near future. We look forward to supporting Dr. Lee’s practice development through digital marketing, patient education tools and certified surgeon and staff training relating to the Visian ICL as we partner to address the growing patient need for vision correction in the U.S.”

Dr. Lee has performed thousands of various refractive procedures over an illustrious career spanning more than 20 years. His distinctions include being a leading Visian ICL (Implantable Collamer Lens) surgeon, the first U.S. surgeon to be certified in SMILE and receiving the Alcon Centurion Surgeon Award