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Beaver-Visitec Launches Extend 180™ Long-term Dissolvable Implants

Waltham, MA, May 9, 2017 — Beaver-Visitec International (BVI), a leading global developer, manufacturer, and marketer of specialized surgical devices for the ophthalmic marketplace, has announced the US launch of Extend 180 Absorbable Synthetic Implants, a new long-term punctal implant for patients experiencing dry eye symptoms.

Extend 180 is designed to provide 6 full months of effective dry eye relief*. These long-term dissolvable implants are well-suited for post-ocular surgery, seasonal dry eye, contact lens intolerance and/or dry eye associated with digital eye strain.

“Because the implant has no foreign body sensation and effectively treats dry eye for up to 6 months, it is ideal for any ocular surgery which may induce transient dry eye,” said Dr. Eric Donnenfeld, Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, New York University.

Extend 180 implants are made of dissolvable polydioxanone material, and are available in 0.3mm, 0.4 mm and 0.5mm sizes, packaged in a single pair or (10) pair box. BVI is now accepting orders for June shipment

The Extend 180 compliments other punctal occlusion product offerings from BVI which can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of dry eye. These include Parasol® punctal occluders, Collagen and Extend® implants , and MicroFlow™ occluders.

About Beaver-Visitec International, Inc.

Headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts, USA, Beaver-Visitec International develops, manufactures and markets ophthalmic and other specialty microsurgical products. Beaver-Visitec distributes products in over 90 countries worldwide and operates manufacturing facilities in Waltham, MA, USA and Bidford on Avon, U.K. Beaver-Visitec offers products and services for all aspects of Ophthalmic Surgery, including cataract, refractive, oculoplastic, and vitreoretinal sub-specialties as well as other specialty microsurgery procedures. More information about Beaver-Visitec International can be found at

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*510(k) Summary K162361

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