Clinical Research Study for Adults with Dry Eye

Why we are doing this study:

We are doing this study to see if a new investigational eye medication improves symptoms and signs of dry eye.  We will compare participants using the new investigational medication to those using a placebo eye drop (like over the counter rewetting drops).  All participants will be assigned to use either the study drug or the vehicle control drops. 

Who can be in the study:
You may be eligible to participate in the study if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old
  • Have dry eye symptoms in both eyes
  • Do not have other eye conditions such as increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma), disease of the glands of the eye, or damage to the eye due to diabetes or other diseases
  • Further screening information will be asked in person or over the phone

What the study involves:
The study will last for up to 16 weeks.  During the study, you will be asked to:

  • Make eight study visits to the Clinical Vision Research Center at SUNY Optometry
  • Have your eye health checked and answer questions about your symptoms
  • Use the study eye drops as instructed by the study doctor
  • Provide blood and urine samples for testing
  • Avoid using any other eye drops and wearing contact lenses until the study doctor says it is okay to do so

Will you directly benefit from the study?
You may or may not directly benefit if you are in the study.  The information learned from the study may help improve treatment options for people with dry eye in the future.

Other things you should know about the study:
You will receive $100 per study visit for a total of $800 for your time to attend study visits and use the study drops.

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Richdale, OD PhD
For more information, contact the Clinical Vision Research Center.