4 Benefits of Clinical Trials in Eye Care

4 Benefits of Clinical Trials in Eye Care

Currently, there is a lot of exciting research going on in the field of eye diseases! As a clinical researcher myself, I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in a number of retinal trials. Though these experiences, I’ve discovered there are several benefits for being part of a clinical research trial.

In the video below, Dr. Omar Punjabi discusses what you need to know about being apart of a clinical trial in eye care (including the many benefits).

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

4 benefits of eye care clinical trials

1) Access to the latest technology

Unfortunately, a lot of eye diseases have no proven current treatment, or the currently available treatments do not have good success rates. By being part of a clinical trial, you have access to the latest technology and treatments that may even be in the stage of development prior to being commercially available.

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OCT technology is commonly used during retinal clinical trials

In fact, clinical research trials have to go through strict monitoring and supervision. Also, all trials make sure there are no safety concerns to their participants.

2) Low cost or free treatments

Even better, if you participate in a clinical trial, your eye tests and treatments are often free of charge. Otherwise, new treatments are usually very expensive.

3) Free systemic workups

A lot of times clinical research trials also conduct general health checks and blood tests free of charge to confirm that you are healthy prior to participating. This provides obvious additional health benefits!

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Eye doctor giving eye exam

4) Personalized care

If you are part of clinical research, you usually are provided personal care with your eye doctor through a dedicated research team. As a result, this improves compliance and outcomes.

If you want to learn more about clinical research, make sure you schedule an appointment with your eye doctor today.

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Omar Punjabi, MD is a retina specialist and vitreo-retinal surgeon at Charlotte Eye Ear Nose and Throat Associates (CEENTA) in Charlotte, North Carolina. He completed his fellowship training in retinal diseases and vitreo-retinal surgery at the prestigious Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Punjabi has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles and presented numerous scientific abstracts and text-book chapters. During fellowship he received the Best Fellow Teacher of the Year award, and was the recipient of the Heed Fellowship from the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation. He has won several academic awards and scholarships during his residency training at Northwestern University and during medical school. Prior to his residency training, he spent a year as a research fellow at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL and worked on the development of the spectral domain OCT. He has received several research awards including the Beem-Fisher Award in 2010, the Research Award from Northwestern University in 2010 and the National Eye Institute travel grant in 2006. Dr. Punjabi is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Society of Heed Fellows. His areas of interest include medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous, including retinal detachment, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular diseases, diabetic retinopathy and ocular trauma.