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In 1853, Jacob Bausch set up a tiny optical goods shop in Rochester, New York. His good friend Henry Lomb lent him money to keep his business going, which is how the Bausch+Lomb partnership was formed.
Bausch+Lomb revolutionized rubber eyeglass frames as well as a variety of other optical products produced with a high degree of manufacturing precision. By 1903, the company had been awarded patents for microscopes, binoculars and even a camera shutter based on the eye’s reaction to light.
Throughout the twentieth century Bausch+Lomb continued to demonstrate its place at the forefront of technological innovation in optical products. The company produced the first optical quality glass, manufacturing sunglasses for the military in World War I and the camera lenses that took the first satellite pictures of the moon.
The company is one of the best-known healthcare brands in the world, producing contact lenses, lens care products, pharmaceuticals, intraocular lenses and other eye surgery products.
For over 165 years, Bausch+Lomb has been a hallmark of innovation and quality. Bausch+Lomb works relentlessly to invent new materials, engineer new technologies and bring new innovations to help people see better to live better.
Bausch + Lomb was listed on the New York Stock Exchange in 1937. In the late 1900s diversified Bausch + Lomb's portfolio to include among other things sunglasses, dental products and hearing aids. In October 2007, Warburg Pincus led the acquisition of Bausch + Lomb, which had previously been a publicly traded NYSE company. In August of 2013, Bausch + Lomb was acquired by Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc, now known as Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC). For more information about Bausch Health, visit www.bauschhealth.com.
Although the products, the ownership and the times have changed, Bausch + Lomb is still faithful to the tradition of innovation, quality and craftsmanship established by John Jacob Bausch and Henry Lomb.