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 News Release - May 15, 2006

Mentor Begins U.S. Phase 1 Study of Its Botulinum Toxin Product for Spasmodic Torticollis/Cervical Dystonia

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--May 15, 2006--Mentor Corporation (NYSE:MNT ), a leading supplier of medical products in the United States and internationally, today announced that it has initiated the Phase 1 study of its proprietary botulinum toxin type A product, focused on the therapeutic indication of the treatment of pain associated with adult onset spasmodic torticollis/cervical dystonia in the United States.

"We are pleased with the potential we have to improve the quality of lives for patients," added Drs. Drake Duane and Patrick Parcells, co-principal investigators for Mentor's Phase I study. Dr. Duane is the Chairman of the National Spasmodic Torticollis Association and an Adjunct Professor at Arizona State University. Dr. Parcells is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Riverside Regional Medical Center, NewPort News, Va., and senior neurologist with Hampton Roads Neurology Inc. Both Investigators have over 20 years of experience in the use of botulinum toxin. "We look forward to evaluating the product in the clinical setting and to working with Mentor to support the approval process."

Adult onset spasmodic torticollis/cervical dystonia is a syndrome that causes abnormal involuntary movements or posture of the head and neck, often followed by pain in the back portions of the neck. The relentless nature of the condition can be incapacitating for many patients and result in a deterioration in the quality of life of those afflicted. The Phase 1 safety and dose escalation study will be a placebo controlled, single exposure study with four months follow-up.

"The initiation of the U.S. clinical program for torticollis is another significant milestone for Mentor and our botulinum toxin product development program," commented Joshua H. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mentor Corporation. "We are aggressively advancing our product development pipeline and will leverage our opportunities broadly to maximize shareholder value."

Mentor established its botulinum toxin program through a broad licensing agreement with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation in December 2003. Under terms of the agreement, Mentor obtained the exclusive rights to all strains of the botulinum toxin, including botulinum toxin type A, and has the right to manufacture, develop and commercialize the underlying technology for all applications in all markets, worldwide. The Company is currently conducting a phase 2 study for the cosmetic indication of glabellar lines.

About Mentor Corporation

Founded in 1969, Mentor Corporation is a leading supplier of medical products for the global healthcare market. The Company develops, manufactures and markets innovative, science-based products for the aesthetics and urologic specialties markets around the world.

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