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Staar Surgical To Offer Ophthalmic Surgeons Stake In Laser-Center Chain

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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Staar Surgical will allow certain ophthalmic surgeons to purchase an equity stake in its chain of refractive laser eye surgery centers, the firm says.

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