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TearLab Corporation Reports 2010 Financial Results

SAN DIEGO, March 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TearLab Corporation ("TearLab") (Nasdaq:TEAR) (TSX:TLB) today reported its consolidated financial results for the quarter and the year ended December 31, 2010. All dollar amounts are expressed in U.S. currency, and results are reported in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles.

For the three months ended December 31, 2010, TearLab's net revenues were $798,000 as compared to $265,000 for the same period in 2009. TearLab's net loss from operations for the three-month period ended December 31, 2010 was approximately $0.9 million, or $0.06 per share, as compared to $1.7 million, or $0.17 per share, for the same period in 2009. Cash used in 2010 fourth quarter operating activities was approximately $1.0 million.

For the year ended December 31, 2010, TearLab's net revenues were $1.7 million as compared to $0.9 million in 2009. TearLab's net loss from operations for the year ended December 31, 2010 was $6.7 million or $0.47 per share, as compared to $4.4 million, or $0.44 per share for 2009.  Cash used in operating activities was $4.6 million in the full-year 2010.

As of December 31, 2010, TearLab had $2.7 million in cash and cash equivalents.  

"Our 2010 results were characterized by our transition from a research-focused organization to a full commercial enterprise. We exited the year with a number of TearLab® Osmolarity Systems being purchased by eye doctors in the fourth quarter in anticipation of reimbursement, which began in January 2011. Now, as we move forward into 2011, our U.S. commercialization program is in full swing with reimbursement in place and our Laboratory Director Program enjoying a strong start. We look forward to updating you on our progress throughout the year," said Elias Vamvakas, TearLab's Chief Executive Officer.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

TearLab Corporation will hold a conference call to discuss these results today, March 28, at 8:30am Eastern Time at 877-303-1593 (within the United States and Canada). The call will also be broadcast live and archived on TearLab's website at under the "webcasts" link in the Investor Relations section. For those wishing to listen to a recording of the call via telephone, a replay will be made available as soon as possible after the conclusion of the live call and will remain posted for a period of seven days. To listen to the recording, simply telephone 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291 and enter reservation # 52311846 when prompted.

About TearLab Corporation

TearLab Corporation develops and markets lab-on-a-chip technologies that enable eye care practitioners to improve standard of care by objectively and quantitatively testing for disease markers in tears at the point-of-care. The TearLab Osmolarity Test, for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease, is the first assay developed for the award winning TearLab Osmolarity System. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, TearLab Corporation's common shares trade on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol 'TEAR' and on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol 'TLB'.

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