About Clinical Trials

What is a clinical trial?

A clinical trial is a research program conducted with patients to evaluate a new medical treatment, drug, or device. The purpose of clinical trials is to find new and improved methods of treating, preventing, screening for, and diagnosing different diseases while under the supervision of a physician and other research professionals.  When considering volunteering for a clinical trial, it is important to make an informed decision.

Prior to agreeing to participate, every volunteer has the right to know and understand what will happen during a clinical trial. This is called informed consent and it is a process that can help you decide whether or not participating in a trial is right for you.

What can I expect when I join a clinical trial?

All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Before joining a clinical trial, a volunteer must qualify for the study. Some research studies seek participants with specific illnesses or conditions to be studied in a clinical trial, while others require healthy participants.

Who can join a clinical trial?

If you are considering participation in a clinical research trial, please speak with your ophthalmologist to determine whether there is a study that is right for you.

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Last Modified: Tuesday, 01-Dec-2015 12:14:55 EST