Advanced Medical Optics - History

History

AMO (originally Heyer-Schulte Medical Optics, renamed American Medical Optics after purchase by American Hospital Supply) started business in 1976 in the early development of intraocular lenses for cataract patients.

AMO was spun off from Allergan in 2002.

AMO bought Irvine-based IntraLase Corp. for $808 million in January 2007. This allowed AMO to combine IntraLase technology for cutting a flap in the cornea with AMO technology for reshaping the cornea. The combination of these complementary technologies has made "all-laser LASIK" possible. NASA later approved this all-laser LASIK for use on astronauts.

In August 2007 the company donated $2.5 million to UC-Irvine's Department of Ophthalmology to boost the university's planned Eye Institute.

In February 2009 Abbott completed its acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics

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