LCA-Vision Reports First Quarter 2008 Financial Results

CINCINNATI, April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- LCA-Vision Inc. (Nasdaq: LCAV), a leading provider of laser vision correction services under the LasikPlus(R) brand, today announced financial and operational results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

First Quarter 2008 Financial & Operational Results (all comparisons are versus the first quarter of 2007)

LCA-Vision is providing adjusted revenue and operating income as a means of measuring performance that adjusts for the non-cash impact of the accounting for separately priced extended warranties. A reconciliation of revenue and operating income as reported in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) is provided on the last page of this news release. Management believes the adjusted information is more reflective of operating performance.

Commenting on the company's first quarter 2008 results, LCA-Vision's Chief Executive Officer, Steve Straus, said, "The number of scheduled eye exams increased slightly during the first quarter of 2008 compared with the first quarter of 2007. However, attended exams did not keep pace with the growth in scheduled exams. The decline in our procedure volume during the quarter was partially offset by a higher average price per procedure."

The company continues to focus on the following key initiatives that were started in the second half of 2007:

"While today's financial results do not reflect the expected benefits of the business improvements we are implementing, I firmly believe that the company has the right strategy, the right business model, the right balance sheet, the right management team, and the right focus to create long-term sustainable shareholder value," added Mr. Straus.

Cash Position

Net cash provided by operating activities in the first quarter of 2008 was $9.4 million, and cash and investments were $57.7 million at March 31, 2008. Late last week, the company borrowed $19.2 million to finance the majority of its IntraLase(R) placements with monthly payments over a five-year period at a fixed interest rate of 4.96%.

Share Repurchase

LCA-Vision did not repurchase any shares of its common stock during the first quarter of 2008 under the $50 million share repurchase plan that the Board of Directors authorized in August 2007. Approximately $40 million remains available for repurchase under this plan.

Conference Call and Webcast

As previously announced, a conference call and webcast will be held today, Tuesday, April 29, 2008 beginning at 10:00 a.m. (ET). To access the conference call, dial 866-322-1352 (United States and Canada) or 706-758-1564 (international callers). The webcast will be available at the investor relations section of LCA-Vision's website at http://www.lasikplus.com/q108earnings/ . A replay of the call and webcast will begin approximately two hours after the live call has ended. To access the replay, dial 800-642-1687 (United States and Canada) or 706-645-9291 (international callers) and enter the conference ID number: 420 459 56.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions of LCA-Vision that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements in this release are based on information available to us as of the date hereof. Actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in our forward-looking statements due to risks and uncertainties associated with our business, including, without limitation, those concerning economic, political and sociological conditions; the acceptance rate of new technology, and our ability to successfully implement new technology on a national basis; market acceptance of our services; the successful execution of marketing strategies to cost effectively drive patients to our vision centers, which recent results would indicate are no longer as effective as they have been in prior periods; competition in the laser vision correction industry; an inability to attract new patients; the possibility of long-term side effects and adverse publicity regarding laser vision correction; operational and management instability; legal or regulatory action against us or others in the laser vision correction industry; our ability to successfully open new vision centers, including our ability to reach profitability targets for new vision centers within a specified time period; the relatively high fixed cost structure of our business; the continued availability of non-recourse third-party financing for our patients on terms similar to what we have paid historically; and the future value of revenues financed by us and our ability to collect on such financings which will depend on a number of factors, including the consumer credit environment and our ability to manage credit risk related to consumer debt, bankruptcies and other credit trends. In addition, the FDA's advisory board on ophthalmic devises is currently reviewing concerns about post-Lasik quality of life matters and the advisory board may propose a major new study on Lasik outcomes. The outcome of this review could potentially impact negatively the acceptance of Lasik. For a further discussion of the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations, please review our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to our reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Except to the extent required under the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission, we assume no obligation to update the information included in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances, or otherwise.

About LCA-Vision Inc./LasikPlus(R)

LCA-Vision Inc., a leading provider of laser vision correction services under the LasikPlus(R) brand, operates 76 LasikPlus(R) fixed-site laser vision correction centers in 33 states and 59 markets in the United States and a joint venture in Canada. Additional company information is available at www.lca-vision.com and www.lasikplus.com .

To supplement its condensed consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, LCA-Vision discusses adjusted revenues and operating income. Management utilizes this information as a means of measuring performance that adjusts for the non-cash impact of the accounting for separately priced extended warranties and believes that including this additional disclosure is meaningful to investors for the same reason.

Accordingly, this news release contains non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. A reconciliation of the differences between the non-GAAP measures with the most directly comparable financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP follows:

SOURCE LCA-Vision Inc.

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