Study participants must be 6- to 9-years-old.
NEW YORK CITY — SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision, Inc. will conduct a clinical trial for FDA approval of glasses designed to correct myopia, or nearsightedness, and reduce the rate of myopic progression in children ages 6- to 9-years-old.
“People with myopia, or nearsightedness, have an elevated risk of developing potentially blinding conditions,” said Dr. Kristen Fry, director of the Clinical Vision Research Center at SUNY Optometry in midtown Manhattan. “Myopia has increased so much in some East Asian countries that 80 to 90 percent of school-aged children are affected. It is estimated that 5 billion people will be nearsighted by 2050.”
The trial involves using study glasses for up to three years. Participants will be able to choose from a variety of frames and use one of three types of lenses instead of their normal glasses. The glasses will be provided at no cost and participants will be offered a small reimbursement for their time and travel expenses.
“Currently available glasses in the United States only correct myopia, but do not help prevent it from getting worse,” Dr. Fry said.
Prospective participants will be assessed by a research optometrist and, if suitable, be invited to attend up to 14 visits over three years at SUNY Optometry’s midtown Manhattan location across from Bryant Park. Participants will also receive comprehensive eye care at no cost for the duration of the study.
Parents who are interested in having their 6- to 9-year-old nearsighted child participate in this clinical trial may find more information at www.kidsvision.info or contact Monica Joao, clinical research coordinator, (212) 938-4052.
About SUNY Optometry
Founded in 1971 and located in New York City, the State University of New York College of Optometry is a leader in education, research and patient care, offering the Doctor of Optometry degree as well as MS and PhD degrees in vision science. The College conducts a robust program of basic, translational and clinical research and has 65 affiliated clinical training sites. SUNY Optometry is regionally accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools; its four-year professional degree program and residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association. All classrooms, research facilities and the University Eye Center, which is one of the largest optometric outpatient facilities in the nation, are located on 42nd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in midtown Manhattan.
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