We are proud to be involved in several clinical trials that brings state-of-the art technology to our patients. Our clinical studies coordinator is Lisa Navarro, and you can contact her for more details about our studies.
Below is a list of our current trials.
Allergan Bimatoprost Study
This study involves the insertion of a microscopic “dot” into the anterior chamber, or “front part of the eye,” where it slowly releases medicine to keep the eye pressure under control without having to use eyedrops! If you have glaucoma or you know somebody who has glaucoma (high eye pressure), please contact Lisa Navarro at (210) 614-3600 to enroll in our study.
Ophtec Artisan Aphakic IOL
This study deals with implantation of an artificial lens in patients who are aphakic or who have problems with their current artificial lens. This special implant clips to the iris, eliminating the need for more invasive surgery and improving the patient’s vision.
AMO Toric IOL Study
This study revolves around astigmatism correction at the time of cataract surgery. Patients with high levels of astigmatism can benefit from a specialized, “toric” IOL that neutralizes corneal astigmatism. In this study, patients are subjected to a questionnaire about their vision.
Cataract surgery involves removal of the cloudy, natural lens, and replacement with an artificial lens. In this clinical trial, we are one of 14 sites in the country to use the Calhoun LAL, or light adjustable lens. With this technology, the patient undergoes normal cataract surgery, and then 2 weeks afterwards, we shine a special light on the IOL to change its shape and improve the patient’s vision. This remarkable technology allows us to adjust the prescription of the IOL, without additional surgery.
After a long wait, corneal crosslinking, or CXL, has been FDA approved! We were involved in three FDA trials related to the treatment of keratoconus and corneal ectasia. Please see our website section about keratoconus treatments for more details about how to arrange a consultation to consider corneal cross-linking.
Due to trauma or an inherited condition, some patients are left without an iris. This is called aniridia and causes severe glare and blurry vision. In this trial, we implant an artificial iris at the time of lens replacement.
Corneal Preservation Time Study (Closed)
Diabetes Endothelial Keratoplasty Study
FECD Genetics Multi-Center Study Group
These studies deal with corneal transplants, specifically DSEK and DMEK, as well as eye banking. If you have to Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy or Corneal Edema, you may be asked to participate in these trials, which are sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, or NIH. The goals of these trials are to better understand the genetics behind common corneal dystrophies as well as to characterize the donor factors that best predict success in corneal transplants.
To learn more about Focal Point Vision, or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (210) 614-3600.