Category Archives: current non-lens wearers

PROTECT: Myopia control study for nearsighted children

Research has shown that early onset of myopia, or near-sightedness, with a moderate amount at a young age, increases the risk for future high degrees of near-sightedness. The goal of myopia control treatment is to slow this progression. In this study, we will be evaluating a daily disposable contact lens designed to slow myopia progression compared with a control lens.


What would happen if you and your child took part in this study?

If you both decide to take part in this study you would attend 9 study visits at CORE over 3 years, totaling 18 hours. Your child would be fitted with either the study contact lens or a control lens and asked to wear the lenses daily for the duration of the study. In appreciation of your child’s time your child will receive $20/hour for attending study visits, up to $360 for study completion. All study products will be provided by CORE.


Would this study be a good fit for my child?

This study might be a good fit for your child if:

• Must be between 7-12 years of age

• Prescription between -0.75 and -5.00 D of spherical power with no greater than 1.00 D of astigmatism in each eye, and less than 1.00 D of difference between the prescription of 2 eyes

• No history of myopia control treatment (eyedrops, spectacles or multifocal contact lenses) or participated in previous myopia control research

• No history of wearing rigid/hard contact lenses or any orthokeratology lenses

• They agree to wear the study contact lenses for a minimum of 10 hours per day, at least 6 days per week, over the study period


Reimbursement

In appreciation of the time involved, you/your child will receive $360 upon study completion. Parking passes will be provided as required.


How to participate

To take part in the PROTECT research study, please make a volunteer profile for your child.

If you meet the study criteria, you will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment, and you are under no obligation to participate. If you would like more information about nearsightedness and myopia control, click here www.corestudies.ca/myopia

DORY: Seeking adults with & without dry eye

About the study

This study looks to evaluate the diagnostic capabilities of two different devices in relation to dry eye, and how they compare to traditional assessment methods. This study is recruiting individuals with and without dry eye.

  • Visit 1 – Screening visit to determine eligibility & baseline measurements – 2 hours
  • Optional Visit 2 – Repeat of V1 measurements (1-7 days after V1) – 1.5 hours

Total time commitment for visits – Either 2 hours for 1 visit or 3.5 hours over 2 visits

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

What are the requirements?

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You either don’t wear contact lenses at all, or are able and willing to refrain from wearing contact lenses for 48 hours prior to the study visit(s)
  • This study accepts individuals with and without dry eye

Reimbursement

In appreciation of your time, you will receive $20 per hour that you are involved in the study (up to $70 upon completion for participants who finish both visits). Parking tokens are available for those who drive to their visits.

How to participate

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

PLUM: Dry eye study with gummy bear oral supplement use

Dry eye symptoms are commonplace. Dry eye is often managed with lubricating eye drops, stopping tears from draining or by stimulating tear production. Recently, there has been a shift toward focusing on nutrition for dry eye, especially with regard to oral antioxidants for relieving dry eye symptoms. This study will investigate the effectiveness of an oral supplement in form of a gummy bear containing blueberry powder.

The study consists of 3 in-office study appointments and 2 telephone calls, totaling 4.5 hours over 4 weeks.

What are the requirements?

  • You are at least 18 years of age.
  • You have dry eyes
  • You have not worn any contact lenses in the past 3 months
  • You have not used an oral supplement containing antioxidants in the past 3 months

Reimbursement

In appreciation of your time, you will receive $20 per hour you are involved in the study (up to $90). All study products will also be provided, and parking tokens are available for those who drive to their visits.

How to participate

If you are interested in participating, please email corestudies@uwaterloo.ca with the subject line “PLUM” or call 519-888-4742 for more information. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.

ASH: Myopia study for children & youth

In this study we are assessing how the eyes focus through a novel spectacle lens designed that slow down the progression of myopia (near-sightedness). We want to evaluate how eyes focus with these new lenses, and with two other lenses for comparison. Each pair of spectacles will be worn for approximately 20 minutes each, one after the other at a single study visit.

About the study

This study is completed in a single visit. If you/your child is found eligible to continue to the measurement session, you/they will be asked to wear each of the 3 pairs of spectacles for 15-20 minutes each, one after the other. Following 5 minutes adaptation to each pair, some focus measurements will be made.

•             Screening to determine eligibility                 0.50 hours

•             Study spectacle wear & measurements       1.25 hours

                         *Total time commitment –   1.75 hours

The study visit includes standard procedures that would often be encountered during a regular eye exam. No eye drops are used, the equipment does not touch the eyes or use bright lights.

What are the requirements?

To be eligible for this study, you must meet the following criteria:

•             Aged 6-18, inclusive

•             Currently either wear or require spectacle of low prescription (no more than -0.75 each eye) or are a current contact lens wearer (any nearsighted prescription)

Reimbursement

In appreciation of the time involved, you/your child will receive $40 upon study completion. Parking passes will be provided as required.

How to participate

If you/your child are interested in participating, please email corestudies@uwaterloo.ca with the subject line “ASH.” You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment, and you/your child 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 the “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/your child 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.