Staff at contact lens company Bausch & Lomb are to suffer job losses, it has been reported.
The Irish Times gave an account of how 195 workers are to be made redundant at the plant in the Irish city of Waterford.
Bausch & Lomb hopes that this can be done through voluntary redundancies.
In a statement, the contact lens manufacturer said that it wanted to keep the Waterford plant but this means that "inefficiencies must be completely eliminated", adding: "We deeply regret having to make employees redundant".
Employee Brenda O"Neill-Aari, who has worked for Bausch & Lomb for 27 years, told the newspaper that she did not believe there would be 195 voluntary redundancies and said staff were "very worried and upset".
Products from Bausch & Lomb include PreserVision eye vitamins and SofLens daily disposable lenses .
The vitamins are designed to counter certain eye ailments, both age-related and more general.
by Alexa Kaczka