Coastal Contacts Opposes B.C. Opticians Restrictive Tactics


    VANCOUVER, Sept. 6 /CNW/ - Coastal Contacts Inc. (TSX: COA) Coastal
Contacts announced today that it received a petition filed by the College of
Opticians of British Columbia (the "Opticians") in the Supreme Court of
British Columbia. The Opticians seek an order to restrict Coastal Contacts
from selling contact lenses to members of the public in British Columbia.
    Coastal Contacts is committed to complying with all applicable laws. "We
believe the petition is without merit and intend to vigorously defend against
these actions. We anticipate that this matter will be resolved promptly," said
Roger Hardy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Contacts Inc.
    "We have shipped more than 100 million contact lenses to more than two
million customers worldwide since being founded in 2000," added Mr. Hardy.
"While sales to BC residents are not material when compared to Coastal's
overall revenues, the Company currently has over 90 valued employees in its
Vancouver location."

    About Coastal Contacts:

    Coastal Contacts supplies replacement contact lenses directly to
consumers at, on average, up to a 50 to 70% discount to retail prices. It is
the world's fastest-growing vision care supplier with cumulative sales of more
than $250 million worldwide since 2000. Leveraging its world class operations
in Europe, North America and Asia, Coastal Contacts is building a predictable
recurring revenue stream in the contact lens segment. The Company is also
expanding its offering by developing complementary branded vision care
products. Already ranked number one in most of its markets, Coastal is rapidly
advancing toward its goal of becoming the dominant global vision care

    This news release contains certain forward-looking statements that
reflect the current views and/or expectations of Coastal Contacts Inc. with
respect to its performance, business and future events. Investors are
cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties
including, without limitation, those relating to changes in the market,
potential downturns in economic conditions, limited suppliers, inventory risk,
disruption in our distribution facilities, foreign exchange fluctuations,
regulatory requirements, demand for contact lenses, competition and dependence
on the internet. These risks, as well as others, could cause actual results
and events to vary significantly. Coastal Contacts does not undertake any
obligations to release publicly any revisions for updating any voluntary
forward-looking statements.

For further information:

For further information: Terry Vanderkruyk, Vice President, Corporate
Development, Coastal Contacts Inc., (604) 676-4498,

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