This excerpt taken from the EYE 8-K filed Jul 13, 2005.
Note 10. Long-Term Receivables
In an effort to promote the growth of the laser vision correction industry and the use of VISX STAR Systems, in certain markets we provide long-term financing to customers for their purchase of VISX STAR Systems and Wavescan Systems. We consider a number of factors including industry practice, competition, and our evaluation of customers credit worthiness in determining when to offer such financing. We had approximately $7.6 million and $7.0 million of net receivables outstanding at December 31, 2004 and 2003, respectively, under long-term financing agreements. Revenue related to $3.3 million and $1.4 million of these receivables has been deferred at December 31, 2004 and 2003, respectively. Approximately $1.6 million and $2.6 million of these balances were due to be paid after one year, respectively, with the balance due within one year. We include the portion of receivables and long-term notes due to be paid within one year in accounts receivable and the remaining balance in long term deferred tax and other assets in the accompanying balance sheets. We defer the portion attributable to interest using a market rate of interest.