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Ongoing Clinical Research Studies

Current Research

Staff at the Ross Eye Institute and REI’s Vision Research Center are active in research to treat, reverse and even prevent vision and ocular conditions and diseases. Learn more about the ongoing clinical research studies our staff is investigating.

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Association Between Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy Severity and Estrogen Exposure

PI: Sangita Patel, MD, PhD
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health

Brief Summary:  This study is being done to discover if there is a link between estrogen exposure and the severity of Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy. We are trying to understand if the decrease in estrogen levels in post-menopausal women may be a reason why Fuchs dystrophy is seen more often in women than men. We are looking for men and women over age 55 years with a diagnosis of mild or severe Fuchs dystrophy. Recruitment for this study will close in 2023.

Contact: Sharon Michalovic sab1@buffalo.edu / 716-881-7975

Binocular Dig Rush Game Treatment for Amblyopia

PI: John Lillvis, MD, PhD
Sponsor: National Eye Institute

Brief Summary: To compare the efficacy of 1 hour/day of binocular game play 5 days per week plus spectacle correction with spectacle correction only, for treatment of amblyopia in children 4 to <7 years of age. Recruitment for this study will close November 2020 or when enrollment goal is achieved.

Contact: Sharon Michalovic sab1@buffalo.edu / 716-881-7975, Samantha Pape spape@buffalo.edu

The STAAR Study

PI: Andrew Reynolds, MD
Sponsor: Sydnexis

Brief Summary: A phase III study testing an investigational eye drop to slow the progression of nearsightedness (myopia).  The study is screening children ages 3-14 years of age who are nearsighted.   All eligible subjects are compensated for each clinical visit. Recruitment for this study will close in April of 2020.

Contact Sharon Michalovic sab1@buffalo.edu / 716-881-7975

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Your vision is of utmost importance to us.

At the Ross Eye Institute, we understand the importance of continuing to meet your vision care needs. We take your health and COVID-19 precautions very seriously. Your health, and ours is of utmost importance.

- We follow the Department of Health guidelines.
- Doctors and staff undergo daily screening questions as well as temperature checks twice a day.
- Access to our facility is limited to our patients only. If a patient cannot attend their appointment on their own, an escort will also be permitted.
- Patients who arrive more than 15 minutes prior to their appointment will not be allowed inside until it gets closer to their scheduled appointment time. Please plan accordingly.
- Patient and staff touch points are sanitized between each use and logs are maintained documenting strict adherence.
- Proper mask use is strictly enforced.
- We are not allowing visits from pharmaceutical reps, vendors, or other salespersons or business associates.

Your vision care is a critical component to maintaining long-term vision health and the Ross Eye Institute remains committed to meeting your vision care needs while keeping you safe, during these uncertain times.