Clinical research is a unique aspect of medicine at the Wheaton Eye Clinic and one to which we are strongly committed. In the field of eye care, our physicians join the work of like-minded colleagues in an effort to advance the practice of medicine and care for the patients we serve, on a local level with global reach.

Reason for Study

Clinical trials are research studies performed with human subjects to test and evaluate the effectiveness and safety of new medications, medical devices or specific procedures and treatments. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires clinical trials before it approves any new medication for physicians to prescribe to patients.

Study Participants

People who participate in clinical trials receive several important benefits. They play an active role in their own health care, gain access to new research treatments and contribute to medical research. Some trials may offer additional benefits such as diagnostic testing, study medication and physician care, as well as compensation for time and travel expenses.

All clinical trials have guidelines about who can participate. Research studies at the Clinical Research Center of Wheaton Eye Clinic (CRC-WEC) are open to the public. However, not all people diagnosed with a particular condition, who apply to a Wheaton Eye Clinic study, will qualify.