This excerpt taken from the EYE DEF 14A filed Apr 25, 2008.
Types of Awards
Stock Options. Stock options granted under the plan may be incentive stock options, or ISOs, intended to qualify under the provisions of Section 422 of the Internal Revenue Code, or nonqualified stock options which do not so qualify. The compensation committee determines the exercise price of AMO common stock that is subject to an option at the date the option is granted. The exercise price of an option may not be less than the fair market value on the date of grant of the common stock subject to the option. Options may be exercised as determined by the compensation committee, provided that an ISO may not be exercised after ten years from the date of grant.
The plan provides for automatic acceleration of vesting of options in the event of a change in control or an employees termination due to death, total disability or job elimination. In the event employment terminates for cause, all options, vested and unvested, expire on the date of termination. In all other situations, options are exercisable upon termination only to the extent vested, unless otherwise determined by the compensation committee.
The compensation committee may grant options to employees or consultants. The board may grant options to independent directors, although our current philosophy is that directors receive only restricted stock units, not stock options.
Dividend Equivalents. The compensation committee may, in its discretion and at no additional cost, grant a holder of restricted stock units an amount payable in cash, common stock or a combination thereof that is equivalent to the amount of dividends paid to AMO stockholders who own an equal number of shares of AMO common stock.
Performance Awards. The compensation committee may grant awards, payable in common stock, restricted stock units, restricted stock or a combination thereof to employees and consultants, with the terms and conditions determined by the compensation committee at the time of grant. The compensation committee will determine the performance criteria to be utilized to calculate the value of the performance awards, the term of the performance awards, the event or events giving rise to the right to payment of a performance award, and the form (common stock and/or restricted stock) and time of payment of performance awards.
The performance criteria may be any of the following:
Restricted Stock and Restricted Stock Units. The compensation committee may award restricted stock and restricted stock units to employees, consultants and independent directors. Shares of restricted stock and restricted stock units are nontransferable and subject to a substantial risk of forfeiture until specific conditions are met as set forth in the plan and in any statement evidencing the grant. The compensation committee determines the number of shares of restricted stock or restricted stock units awarded, the purchase price (if any), terms of payment of the purchase price, restrictions upon the restricted stock and restricted stock units and when the restrictions will lapse. Holders of restricted stock units have no rights of a stockholder until shares are issued upon vesting of the units.
Upon termination of a participants employment, consultancy or directorship for death or total disability, restrictions on all restricted stock lapse, and all restricted stock units become vested and payable. In the event an employee is terminated for job elimination, restrictions lapse on a prorated number of shares or units. In all other cases, all shares of unvested restricted stock are forfeited and are repurchased by AMO if the participant paid any purchase price, and all unvested restricted stock units expire.
Stock Appreciation Rights. The compensation committee may approve the grant to employees or consultants of a stock appreciation right, or a right to receive a number of shares of AMO common stock or, in the discretion of the compensation committee, an amount in cash or a combination of shares and cash, based on the increase in the fair market value of the shares subject to the right during a period as specified by the compensation committee (up to ten years). They may be related or unrelated to stock options.
Stock Payments. The compensation committee may approve payments in shares of AMO common stock to replace all or any portion of the compensation (other than base salary) that would otherwise become payable to any regular employee or consultant in cash.