Clinical Studies

Clinical trials are research studies that deliver life-changing drugs and treatments for vision health—but they can’t happen without clinical trial participants. Clinical trials need volunteers of all ages and backgrounds in order to help researchers develop new and better treatments.

Each one of us benefits every day from clinical research. Any medical treatment you receive is available to you because of clinical studies that show the treatments are safe and effective. None of them would be possible without volunteers who were willing to take part in clinical studies.

Why volunteer?

There is no substitute for the people who participate in clinical research. Volunteers like you are the only way for medical breakthroughs to reach the public. On a more personal level, why should you volunteer for a clinical study? There are many reasons:

  • Some people want to help develop new treatments for a condition they have.
  • Some people participate in research because it lets them learn more about the health system and how treatments are tested for effectiveness and safety.
  • Sometimes people have a friend or loved one with an illness or injury and they want to participate in a research study as a way of helping that person and others who may suffer from the same condition.
  • It may be that there is no effective treatment for an illness or injury or the existing treatment has harsh side effects. Participating in a clinical trial may offer potential treatment options that might otherwise be unavailable for people with certain conditions.
  • Many people choose to participate in a study even though it might not be able to help them directly. Knowing that others may be able to benefit from their efforts can be a rewarding experience.

Sometimes volunteers get compensated for their time in a study. Some studies provide treatment for free (i.e., eye exams, contacts).

You don’t have to be sick to participate in clinical research. Many studies need healthy volunteers.