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Online Myopia Focus Group for Children – STUDY ID: CLAM

About the study

Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a condition that emerges during childhood and continues to progress throughout adolescence.

This study will be conducted remotely avoiding in-person meetings. The purpose of this study is to gain insights into vision related questionnaires, based on the responses from, and understanding of these questionnaires by, myopic children. These vision related questionnaires are specifically designed and adapted to evaluate the quality of vision and visual abilities in children. We want to hear from your child if there are any difficult questions, words or concept in these questionnaires and if they think we should be asking additional questions.

If eligible at the Screening visit, your child will be asked to attend one online focus group interview (small group discussion) with a moderator experienced in conducting interviews with children The interviews will be video-recorded and will take place during early evening or weekends. We will work with you to schedule a convenient time. These video-recordings will be encrypted and stored by the study sponsor for 5 years.

Total time commitment is less than 4 hours.

  • Screening Up to 1 hour: You and your child will attend a TEAMS video conferencing meeting with a researcher from CORE which will not be recorded. During this meeting we will explain the study and answer your questions. We will ask you both to sign the consent documents that we will mail to you ahead of time and also request your consent to request vision related information from your child’s optometrist.
  • Home tasksUp To 1 hour: We will mail you paper questionnaires for your child to review and make notes on regarding any difficult questions or unclear words. We will also ask your child to complete the questionnaires online. You may help them with these tasks. 
  • Focus group interview – Up To 1.5 hours: You will assist your child to access the ZOOM video conferencing platform where they and up to 3 other similar aged children will discuss the questions with a moderator. Your child should have the paper questionnaires and notes to look at during this interview.

What are the requirements?

  • Age 8 to 12 years, inclusive
  • Myopic with good vision; prescription between -0.75 and -4.00 D
  • Astigmatism must be less than or equal to 0.75D
  • Be in good health
  • Have access to a device for video conferencing

Reimbursement

Your child will receive $80 for completing the CLAM study.

How to participate

If you and your child are interested in participating, please create a volunteer profile for your child at the link below and we will contact you with more information. If you are already a registered CORE volunteer, please email corestudies@uwaterloo.ca and mention the study name CLAM. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.

All studies conducted at CORE have been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Board.

Safety during COVID-19

We want to let you know that we have revised several of our protocols to keep participants and researchers safe during the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning and mandatory wearing of masks by everyone. Measures we have taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are explained in an “Information Letter: COVID-19 Risks for In-Person Research Study Visits” which we will ask you to sign in the event you participate.

Please note that you will be within 2m (6 feet) of the researcher during some or most of the study visit time.  At all times, the furthest possible distance will be maintained.

Please note, if you are aged 60 and above, you are considered at a greater risk for severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.

Recruiting contact lens wearers for a new study: SETTER

What are we trying to learn?

Specific cells found in the cornea (the front surface of the eye) play an important role in keeping our eyes healthy.

The purpose of this study is to measure these specific cells in participants who normally wear contact lenses. We are looking for participants who experience discomfort while wearing their lenses, and those who do not experience any discomfort with lens wear.

About the study

You will be wearing your own contact lenses throughout this study. This study will be conducted over approximately 3 weeks. There are 10 study visits, which occur on 6 study days. The study visits are:

  • Day1:
    o Visit #1 – Screening visit to determine eligibility (45 minutes)
  • Day 2: No contact lens wear on this day (1.5 hours total)
    o Visit #2 – Eye imaging (45 minutes)
    o Visit #3 –Eye imaging 8 hours after Visit 2 (45 minutes)
  • Day 3: Contact lenses to be worn for 1 hour prior to appointment
    o Visit #4 Eye imaging (45 minutes)
  • Day 4: Contact lenses to be worn for 4 hours prior to appointment
    o Visit #5 – Eye imaging (45 minutes)
  • Day 5: Contact lenses to be worn for 8 hours prior to appointment
    o Visit #6 – Eye imaging (45 minutes)
  • Day 6 Contact lenses to be worn all day (1.75 hours total)
    o Visit #7 – Eye imaging 1 hour after lens insertion (30 minutes)
    o Visit #8 – Eye imaging 4 hours after lens insertion (30 minutes)
    o Visit #9 – Eye imaging 8 hours after lens insertion and study exit (45 minutes)

Total time commitment 6.5 hours

The visits will include standard clinical procedures that will touch your eyes that you might encounter when you attend an eye exam.

What are the requirements?

  • You are at least 17 years of age
  • You habitually wear soft contact lenses at least 5 days per week, 8 hours per day
  • You have worn contact lenses on a daily wear basis for the past 12 months

Reimbursement

You will receive up to $130 for the completion of all study visits. If you drive to your appointments, parking tokens will be provided.

How to participate

If you are interested in participating, please complete and return the attached questionnaire to corestudies@uwaterloo.ca and use the study code name SETTER as the email subject. If you have questions or would like more details, please call 519-888-4742. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.

Safety during COVID-19

We want to let you know that we have revised several of our protocols to keep participants and researchers safe during the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning and mandatory wearing of masks by everyone. Measures we have taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are explained in an “Information Letter: COVID-19 Risks for In-Person Research Study Visits” which we will ask you to sign in the event you participate.

Please note that you will be within 2m (6 feet) of the researcher during some or most of the study visit time.  At all times, the furthest possible distance will be maintained.

Please note, if you are aged 60 and above, you are considered at a greater risk for severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.

Recruiting for new contact lens users with no prior lens experience: SALUKI

1 in 4 new contact wearers stop using contacts within twelve months, often citing handling issues. The purpose of this study is to compare a relatively new contact lens to another lens on the market to see if there are differences in the handling experience with these two lens types.

About the study

If eligible, you will be asked to follow the study instructions and attend the following visits:

Visit 1 – Screening, lens insertion training and lens dispensing visit – 2 hours

  • Optional: Additional lens handling training – 1 hour
  • Visit 2 – 1-week-follow-up visit & study exit – 0.75 hour

    Total time commitment2.75 hours  (3.75 hours if additional lens handling training is required)

    The visits will include standard clinical procedures that you might encounter when you attend an eye exam. You will also be trained in the use of inserting and removing contact lenses.

    What are the requirements?

    • You are between 18 and 40 years of age
    • You have no previous experience with inserting or wearing contact lenses
    • You are willing to learn how to insert and remove contact lenses and to wear the study contacts for a week on a daily disposable basis

    Reimbursement

    In appreciation of your time you will receive up to $55. (You will receive an extra $20 if an additional visit for lens handling training is required.) Parking passes will be provided as required.

    How to participate

    If you are interested in participating, please call 519-888-4742 and provide the study ID: SALUKI.  You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate. 

    Safety during COVID-19

    We want to let you know that we have revised several of our protocols to keep participants and researchers safe during the pandemic, including enhanced cleaning and mandatory wearing of masks by everyone. Measures we have taken to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 are explained in an “Information Letter: COVID-19 Risks for In-Person Research Study Visits” which we will ask you to sign in the event you participate.

    Please note that you will be within 2m (6 feet) of the researcher during some or most of the study visit time.  At all times, the furthest possible distance will be maintained.

    Please note, if you are aged 60 and above, you are considered at a greater risk for severe illness from the COVID-19 virus.