Research Opportunities

Participation in research studies can lead to new or improved treatments while benefitting participants with advanced care. Studies currently recruiting new subjects are listed below. See if one may benefit you! You also can sign up to receive information about future studies, learn about current studies, and read results from past studies.

CITT-ART (Convergence Insufficiency Attention & Reading Trial)Convergence Insufficiency Attention & Reading Trial (CITT-ART)

Purpose

To examine the effect of treatment for convergence insufficiency on reading and attention

Who

  • Children ages 9-14 (Grades 3-8)
  • Children who have the following symptoms when reading: eye strain, headaches, blur, poor concentration, and losing their place
  • Children with Convergence Insufficiency (CI), a problem with how the eyes work together

Funding Source

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

 

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Contact Lens StudyBifocal & Atropine in Myopia Study (BAM)

Purpose

To determine whether a combination treatment of soft bifocal contact lenses (typically used to help people older than 40 see up close) and low dose atropine eye drops (typically used to dilate the pupil) slows the progression of nearsightedness.

Who

  • Children ages 7-11
  • Children who are nearsighted 
  • Children in good general health without problems that may affect contact lens wear
  • Additional screening questions will be asked by phone or email

Funding Source

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

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Contact Lens StudyMeasuring letter recognition and reading speed in central and peripheral vision

Purpose

To investigate the relationship between letter recognition and reading performance. The ultimate goal is to develop a simple and efficient method for reading evaluation. 

Who

  • Young adults (18-30 years old) or older adults (55 years or older)
  • Adults who have normal vision and good eye health
  • Native English speaker

Funding Source

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

Contact

Landon Perry

Email: landonperry@gmail.com

Phone: (614) 214-5336


blink (Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids)Bifocal Lenses in Nearsighted Kids (BLINK)

Purpose

To determine whether soft bifocal contact lenses slow the progression of nearsightedness in children

Who Participated

  • Children ages 7 to 11
  • Nearsightedness (difficulty seeing far away without glasses)
  • In good general health without any problems that may affect contact lens wear

Expected Completion

  • June 2019

Funding Source

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

ATS (Amblyopia Treatment Study)

Amblyopia Treatment Study 18 (ATS)

Study of binocular computer activities for treatment of amblyopia

Purpose

To evaluate the effectiveness of a new iPad treatment for lazy eye (amblyopia) as compared to standard patching treatment in school-aged children.

Who Participated

  • Children ages 5 to 16
  • Children with amblyopia (lazy eye) in one eye

Expected Completion

  • July 2017

Funding Source

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

 


The Vision in Preschoolers–Hyperopia in Preschoolers (VIP-HIP) Study

Major Findings

  • Children ages 4 to 5 years old who have uncorrected farsightedness (3.00–6.00 diopters) with reduced near visual function performed significantly worse on a test of early literacy as compared to children without moderate farsightedness.
  • Children with moderate farsightedness and normal near visual function performed similar to children without moderate farsightedness.
  • Further studies are needed to determine the effect of correction for moderate hyperopia on near visual function and early literacy.

Publications

Funding Source

  • National Eye Institute (NEI)

 


Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) Study

 

Top Three Results

1. Contact lens wear improves children’s physical appearance, athletic competence, and social acceptance self-perceptions

2. Soft contact lens wear increases myopia progression by less than 0.25 D over three years

3. Older children, children who participate in recreational activities, and children who do not like their appearance in glasses experience the greatest improvements in vision-related quality of life.

 

Publications

1.    Rah MJ, Walline JJ, Jones-Jordan LA, et al. Vision specific quality of life of pediatric contact lens wearers. Optom Vis Sci. 2010;87(8):560-566.

2.    Jones-Jordan LA, Chitkara M, Coffey B, et al. A comparison of spectacle and contact lens wearing times in the ACHIEVE study. Clin Exp Optom. 2010;93(3):157-163.

3.    Walline JJ, Jones LA, Sinnott L, et al. Randomized trial of the effect of contact lens wear on self-perception in children. Optom Vis Sci. 2009;86(3):222-232.

4.    Walline JJ, Jones LA, Sinnott L, et al. A randomized trial of the effect of soft contact lenses on myopia progression in children. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2008;49(11):4702-4706.

5.    Walline JJ, Jones LA, Chitkara M, et al. The Adolescent and Child Health Initiative to Encourage Vision Empowerment (ACHIEVE) study design and baseline data. Optom Vis Sci. 2006;83(1):37-45.

6.    Walline JJ, Long S, Zadnik K. Daily disposable contact lens wear in myopic children. Optom Vis Sci. 2004;81(4):255-259.

 

Funding Source

  • Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Institute