Research Studies

Our practice is dedicated to the advancement of patient care through research. We participate in clinical studies to help find solutions for today’s issues in ophthalmology and optometry. Our clinical trials examine the safety and efficacy of a treatment protocol, medication (e.g. eye drops) or device (e.g. contact lenses).

Recent studies conducted by Heart of America Eye Care include:

  • Glaucoma eye drops and glaucoma procedures
  • Cataract
  • Eye drop absorption and generic eye drop efficacy
  • Allergic, viral and bacterial conjunctivitis
  • Dry eye
  • Droopy eyelid (ptosis)
  • Chalazion (stye)
  • Contact lenses and contact lens solution
  • Spectacle lenses
  • Blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction


Heart of America Eye Care’s research opportunities
The following research studies are currently being conducted. (click to view details)

Chalazion “Eyelid Bump” Study

This SUNRISE study is investigating the efficacy of a transdermal treatment for chalazion. A chalazion is an non-infectious obstruction of the eyelid’s oil gland that begins as mild inflammation with possible tenderness. This occurs usually for weeks. Traditionally non-resolving chalazia are treated via steroid injection or excision.

Candidates

  • At least 6-years-old
  • Have a diagnosis of a single chalazion with visible granuloma in either upper or lower eyelid
  • Have the chalazion present for no more than 21 days prior to beginning the study
  • Other inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply
  • Call (913) 362-3210, Option 7, for details

Study Specifics

  • Randomize, double-masked study
  • Participation lasts a minimum of 3 months with approximately 9-12 visits
  • Reimbursement available upon completion of study
Glaucoma Study

Ocular Therapeutics is investigating a different drug delivery for glaucoma patients. Typically, patients with glaucoma need to instill eye drops at least once a day. This study is looking at an extended drug release of Travoprost, an FDA-approved treatment for reducing intraocular pressure, via punctal plug (a small device inserted into the puncta /tear drainage opening of the eye).

Candidates

  • At least 18-years-old
  • Have previous diagnosis of either Ocular Hypertension or Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Other inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply
  • Call (913) 362-3210, Option 7, for details

Study Specifics

  • Randomize, double-masked study
  • Participation lasts a minimum of 3 months with approximately 9-12 visits
  • Reimbursement available upon completion of study
Pink Eye Study

This study is investigating the efficacy of a treatment for bacterial conjunctivitis. Bacterial conjunctivitis is a fairly common bacterial infection of the conjunctiva (the clear membranous tissue over the white of the eye).

Typically patients present with red eye or eyes and typically white-yellow discharge. Lids are typically stuck together and difficult to open upon waking. Traditionally, eye drops are used for about 1 week to resolve this infection.

Candidates

  • 1-years-old or more
  • Have red, itchy, crusty or gooey eye/eyes
  • Have not yet started medication to treat “pink eye”
  • Other inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply
  • Call (913) 362-3210, Option 7, for details

Study Specifics

  • Randomize, double-masked study
  • Participation lasts at least 8 days with approximately 3 visits
  • Reimbursement for time and travel is offered upon completion of study

Being a participant in a study is an important decision. If you have any questions about a study or would like additional information, please call our Study Coordinator at (913) 362-3210, Option 7