Our mission is to remain on the forefront of scientific advancements that improve patient´s vision and lives.
We are actively recruiting patients for these studies in affiliation with Johns Hopkins University, University of North Carolina and University of California Los Angeles.
We are currently enrolling for the following clinical trials:
1.) Patients with chronic pain syndrome and associated ocular pain:
A large study on a Veterans Administration population had shown that patients with chronic pain syndromes tend to have associated ocular pain (PMID 29392243). It is believed that this pain is more neuropathic than nociceptive and is generally centralized neuropathic pain. This study is a survey based project querying subjects with chronic pain syndromes for assessments related to ocular pain.
JHM IRB00129916 A Survey-Based Study of Dry-Eye Associated Ocular Pain Occurring with other Chronic Pain Syndromes. P.I.: W.S. Anderson. Approved 5/12/2017. Expires 5/10/2020
2.) Improving African-American Glaucoma Patient Involvement in Visits and Outcomes:
This is a research project about services provided to African-American patients with glaucoma. The goal of the project is to improve communication between providers and African-American patients about glaucoma. Patients who are eligible and agree to participate will be compensated for their time. Patients’ participation is voluntary. If interested in learning more about the study please contact Ms. Abena Adjei at email@example.com.
UNC IRB 17-0688 Voice/image research recordings, surveys/interviews/focus groups aim to improving African American Glaucoma Patient Involvement in Visits and Outcomes. P.I. Nacire Garcia .Approved 02/06/2019 Expires 05/02/2020
3.) Patients undergoing cataract surgery:
A cataract is a clouding of the natural intraocular crystalline lens that focuses the light entering the eye onto the retina. This cloudiness can cause a decrease in vision and may lead to eventual blindness if left untreated. Cataracts often develop slowly and painlessly, so vision and lifestyle can be affected without a person realizing it. The goal in modern cataract surgery is not only the removal of the cataract, but also the replacement of the cataract with an intraocular lens (IOL).
There are multiple types of IOLs that may be used in modern cataract surgery, including monofocal, multifocal, accommodative, extended depth of focus and astigmatism-correcting lenses. The goal of all IOLs is to improve vision and limit dependency upon spectacles or contact lenses.
The goal of this research is to better understand the visual symptoms in patients undergoing cataract surgery and its improvements through a self -reported patient survey. Patients that are eligible and agree to participate will be compensated for their time.
UCLA IRB00000051 Field Test a Survey of Patient Experience with Intraocular Lens. P.I.: Julie Brown Approved 4/17/2019. Expires 2021