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Clinical Studies

The National Eye Institute (NEI) conducts or sponsors clinical studies to find new ways to understand, treat or prevent eye disease and vision loss. Clinical studies in vision research have led to new medicines and surgeries that have saved or improved sight for thousands of people.

Interested in Being a Study Participant?

Talk to your health care provider about whether a clinical study is right for you.

  • The Eye Clinic
    A website created for people interested in being a part of vision research studies.
  • NIH Clinical Research Studies
    A collection of research studies being conducted at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Help in finding studies is available through the Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office, 1-800-411-1222.
  • ClinicalTrials.gov
    A registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.

Interested in Clinical Trial Results?

  • PubMed/MedLine
    A database of more than 16 million articles published in 5000 biomedical journals.

Interested in Finding Out What’s Been Funded?

Clinical Trials in Vision Research

If you or someone you know is thinking about taking part in a clinical trial, this booklet may answer some of your questions. Clinical trials in vision research have led to new medications, surgeries, and methods for disease detection that have saved or improved the eyesight of millions of people.

The National Eye Institute (NEI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), conducts and sponsors clinical trials to discover safe and effective methods for preventing, diagnosing, and treating eye disease and vision loss. Established in 1968, the NEI is the largest sponsor of vision research in the United States.