This excerpt taken from the EYE 8-K filed Jul 13, 2005.
6. Stockholders Equity
On April 4, 2001, our Board of Directors authorized a stock repurchase program under which up to 10 million shares of VISX common stock may be repurchased. In accordance with this authorization and applicable securities laws, we have repurchased 7.8 million shares on the open market cumulatively through March 31, 2005, at a total cost of $106.8 million. Accordingly, 2.2 million shares remain available as of March 31, 2005 for repurchase under the Board of Directors April 2001 authorization. On May 28, 2003, the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional 3.5 million shares of VISX stock at a total cost of $63.0 million, all of which were purchased during the quarter ended June 30, 2003. Before repurchasing shares we consider a number of factors including market conditions, the market price of the stock, and the number of shares needed for employee benefit plans. Under the terms of the merger agreement with AMO, we are precluded from repurchasing any of our outstanding common stock on the open market. Accordingly, we did not repurchase any of our common stock in the three month period ended March 31, 2005.