Bausch & Lomb was founded in 1853 when John Jacob Bausch opened a small optical goods shop in Rochester, NY.  Bausch and Lomb began with the creation of rubber eyeglass frames and went on to patent binoculars, microscopes and other items such as a camera shutter. Bausch & Lomb is best known for its novel optical products.

In 1966 Bausch & Lomb began to make and sell contact lenses. These contact lenses were made from a fluid-absorbing hydrophilic plastic. By 1973, Bausch & Lomb’s Softlens contact lens sales were responsible for half of the company’s revenue.

Bausch & Lomb had many locations throughout Rochester, NY. Outside contractors who worked at these locations were at risk of asbestos exposure while performing construction and maintaining these facilities. These workers include carpenters, pipefitters, insulators, electricians, millwrights and other construction and maintenance workers.

Asbestos exposure at Bausch & Lomb may have occurred in the following ways:

  • Exposure to joint compound and drywall;
  • Exposure to ceiling tiles during office renovations;
  • Exposure to pipe covering and insulating cement;
  • Exposure to asbestos paper.

The attorneys at Lipsitz, Ponterio & Comerford, LLC have gathered a vast amount of information about the type and variety of asbestos-containing products used at Bausch & Lomb.  If you or a loved one were exposed to asbestos at Bausch & Lomb, and have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or lung cancer, we urge you to contact us regarding your legal rights.

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