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We strive to investigate new technologies to help make them as innovative as possible before they are produced on the market. Solomon Eye Physicians and Surgeons proudly announces the creation of the Bowie Vision Institute, which boasts its involvement in the latest vision research projects.

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Clinical Trials at The Bowie Vision Institute

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical treatments will work in patients. Each study is meant to address specific questions and attempts to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose or treat a disease, symptom or affliction. Clinical studies may also be used to compare new treatments to already available treatments, to see if any improvements can be made.

Each clinical study has a protocol or plan for conducting the trials. This plan describes what will be done, how the study will be conducted and why each step is necessary. Each study has rules as to who can participate; some studies require volunteers with a certain disease, others may need healthy participants.

What is expected of patients in a clinical trial?

Patients in a clinical trial are expected to have eye exams and other tests as necessary.
Patients may also need to take medications and/or undergo surgery, depending on the study in which they involve themselves.
Patients will be asked to return for follow-up examinations to help determine how well the treatment is working.

How long will my participation in a trial last?

Each trial has its own time parameters. Some trial patients are asked to participate for a few weeks, others are asked for a few years.

The success of a clinical trial often depends on monitoring outcomes over a long period of time.

What are the risks?

Clinical trials may involve risks as well as possible benefits.

Whether or not a new treatment will work cannot be known ahead of time. That is why trials begin in the first place. There is always a chance that a new treatment may not work as well as a standard treatment, may not work at all, or may be harmful.

The trial treatment you receive may cause side effects that are serious enough to require medical attention. Thus, should you be interested in participating in a trial, you must make sure that the doctor overseeing your study is trustworthy and qualified should something go wrong.

What are the benefits of participating in a clinical trial?

Participating in a clinical trial can bring many benefits:

How is patient safety protected?

Clinical trials can raise fears of the unknown. For each trial, several safeguards are put in place to protect patients and ease some of these fears:

Patients are only asked to participate in a clinical trial if they volunteer and understand the risks and benefits. Each trial is thoroughly explained to patients who express interest in volunteering.

What are a patient’s rights in a clinical trial?

Patients eligible for a clinical trial will be given information to help them decide whether or not they wish to take part. As a patient, you have the right to:

After you join a clinical trial, you have the right to:

The Bowie Vision Institute has a simple mission:

We want to provide personalized patient care by offering all treatment options and technologies possible. The Bowie Vision Institute strives to maintain its involvement with the latest research studies to help test the effectiveness of potential treatments and technologies for patients.

Current Studies:

We have participated in several studies in the field of ophthalmology such as:

Without clinical trials, we would have no treatments for any of the diseases we as humans contract. Only with your help are we able to contribute to the future of eye care. This will impact the standard of care for our local communities, for patients throughout the nation and throughout the world.

If you would like more information about participating in research, or to find out if you are a candidate for any of our current studies, do not hesitate to ask our technical staff during your next visit, or ask one of our doctors if a study treatment is right for you.