Clinical Trial Registry: Ophthalmology research

February 05, 2020

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UNMC investigators are seeking participants for an ophthalmology and visual research registry (IRB # 431-19).

The UNMC Truhlsen Eye Institute is creating a registry of people from the community who are interested in participating in future research. Eye disease often goes unnoticed, because our brains can adjust and make up for initial vision problems. The registry will collect data about visual and mental functions as well as medical history.

David Anderson, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, is leading the ROVER Registry (Retinal, Ocular, and Visual Electrophysiology Research Registry). The goal of the registry is to support future clinical trials that could help to improve vision and prevent blindness.

The ROVER Registry will provide an overall picture of participants' eye-health to determine their eligibility for future clinical trials. Volunteers from the community are needed to populate this registry.

The registry is seeking people:

  • Between 19-99 years of age;
  • No history of eye disease or eye surgery (e.g. cataracts, myopia, amblyopia, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy)
  • No history of neurological disease (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, stroke).

In the future, recruitment will open to all individuals, including those with eye conditions and previous surgeries, who are interested in participating.

Expectations for participants

Participants enrolled into the registry will complete a series of visual and mental assessments. Researchers will measure neuro-electrical activity from participants' eyes and brains in response to brief flashing lights and checkerboard patterns on computer displays. Researchers also will obtain photographs of the eye, assess visual and mental functions and obtain participants' medical histories. Participation in this research will take about three hours to complete.

Enrolled participants will be compensated for their time.

To express interest in participating:

Please contact Kristi Miller via email or at 402-559-1853 for more details.


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