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February 21, 2014

Find Out About Our Current Clinical Vision Research Center Studies

One year ago the SUNY College of Optometry officially opened its Clinical Vision Research Center (CVRC) as a way to provide an opportunity for faculty, patients, industry and government research partners to work together to conduct critical research that will advance vision care. “Research is a priority of this institution,” SUNY Optometry president Dr. David A. Heath said at the inauguration of the CVRC in February 2013, “it is an integral part of our mission.” 

The CVRC has hit the ground running, partnering with a variety of entities to engage in numerous studies in a variety of areas. Here’s a look at the current studies being conducted at the CVRC and information about how patients can get involved. 

If you have any questions or would like to find out how to participate in any of these studies, please contact the CVRC directly at 212-938-4052 or clinicresearch@sunyopt.edu



Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Study (CITS)

Convergence insufficiency is a problem where the eyes do not turn in enough when reading or looking at something close to your eyes. As a result, it takes extra effort to do near work and this extra effort can cause symptoms of eyestrain, blurred or double vision, headaches and reading problems.  To treat convergence insufficiency, in office or at home vision therapy is recommended to help the eyes work together better. Two treatments that are often used are therapy using hand-held equipment and therapy using computer software. 

The purpose of this study is to see which treatment therapy, hand held equipment or computer software, works better at home. The study is being conducted by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group and is sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the US National Institutes of Health. The study will include 600 children nationwide who have convergence insufficiency. Children who have been diagnosed with convergence insufficiency and are between the ages of nine and 18 might be eligible. The study can take up to five visits and participants are compensated $40 per visit.


Hyperopia Treatment Study 1 (HTS1)

This study is being conducted because it is not known if hyperopia (or farsightedness) in children should be treated right away or if it is better to treat only when vision problems like an eye turn or lazy eye occur. As part of this study, some children will be prescribed glasses and others will not. All of the children will be closely monitored for vision problems. The study is being conducted by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group and is sponsored by the National Eye Institute of the US National Institutes of Health. The study will include up to 700 children nationwide, between the ages of one and five, who have hyperopia and have never worn glasses or contact lenses. Subjects are compensated $40 per visit and must be willing to participate in up to seven study visits.

Contact Lens Assessment in Youth Observation of Risks Associated with Contact Lenses (CLAY ORACL) Study

This study is designed to learn more about why some people who wear contact lenses are more likely to get infections than others. It involves a single visit where participants will be examined, asked to complete a series of surveys and have their eyes, contact lens and lens case cultured. This study is sponsored by an unrestricted grant from Alcon Laboratories and is looking for individuals between the ages of 12 and 33 who currently wear soft contact lens. The study requires both healthy contact lens wearers (without any complications) and those who have a “red eye” or eye infection.

Prior to enrollment a doctor will determine whether or not you meet all the criteria to participate in the study. Participants should allow approximately 45 minutes to an hour for completion of the single visit study. Those who complete the study will be compensated $50 for their time. 

Treatment Response in Accommodative Insufficiency (TRAIn) Study

This study is designed to learn more about accommodative insufficiency, a condition that makes it difficult for people to focus their eyes for near work. Eight schools and colleges of optometry from across the United States and Canada are participating in the study. At SUNY, the study is sponsored by the Schnurmacher Institute for Vision Research.

Individuals, between the ages of nine and 30 years old, who get tired eyes while reading might be eligible to participate in this two-visit study. The first visit includes testing the participant’s focusing ability and completing a survey. The second visit involves completing a survey. Participants will be paid up to $50 if they complete the study.


Healthy volunteers are always needed

Interested in participating in an eye or vision research study? Many of the CVRC’s studies require healthy patients as controls to compare to people with an eye or vision problem. If you have any questions about clinical research or would like to find out more about how to participate in a study, please contact the CVRC at 212-938-4052.

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