Bausch + Lomb is one of the best-known and most respected healthcare companies in the world. Its core businesses include contact lenses and lens care products, ophthalmic surgical devices and instruments, and ophthalmic pharmaceuticals. Founded in 1853, the company is headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., and employs more than 11,000 people worldwide. Bausch + Lomb Ireland was established in Waterford in 1980 and currently employs over 1,100 in contact lens R&D and manufacturing. There are also pharmaceutical, Global and European support functions on site.
In May 2012, Bausch + Lomb launched Biotrue™ ONEday, a premium daily disposable contact lens, which was developed in Waterford. The lens is made from HyperGel™ an innovative material that has the best features of conventional hydrogels and silicone hydrogels and is the next generation of daily disposable material. The lens offers high water content and delivers more oxygen than a traditional hydrogel – all without the need for silicone – while maintaining the comfort of conventional hydrogels. Biotrue ONEday contact lenses provide consistent, clear, comfortable vision throughout the day as this innovative, bio-inspired material helps them to retain moisture and optical shape even after hours of wear and allows oxygen to flow freely through the lens. As a bio-inspired product, these lenses extend our Biotrue brand portfolio which also includes Biotrue multi-purpose solution.