Participating In a Clinical Trial
A clinical trial (also known as a study) is an investigation conducted in humans which aims to find out, or confirm, how a product or technique works, and/or its safety.
- Contact lenses
- Contact lens solutions
- Contact lens cases
- Eye drops
- Eye examination techniques
- Specialised equipment
If you fall into one of the following categories you could be suitable for our clinical trials:
- Not currently wearing contact lenses or spectacles and in need of vision correction – if you have never worn contact lenses before, you can have the opportunity to try contact lenses under close supervision and receive full training in their care and use.
- Currently wearing contact lenses or spectacles.
- Experience dry eye symptoms with or without contact lenses.
- Have no problems with your eyes.
Volunteers such as yourself are fundamental to achieving our goals of better products and technologies for vision correction, the benefits of which are invaluable to people in need. We can't help others without your help.
To find out about our current clinical trials and register your interest in participating in one of them click here. You can also telephone us on: 1300 651 663
Volunteers receive free contact lenses, solutions (or other vision correction/eye care products as used in the trial) and eye care for the duration of the trial. There is also limited free parking available.
During this visit an optometrist will take basic measurements of your eyes and check their general health. These checks are similar to what your optometrist would usually perform, and determine your suitability for taking part in our trials:
- Vision measurement
- Assessment of prescription
- Measurement of eye pressure
- General assessment of eye health
- Receive free eye care for the duration of the trial.
- Try out contact lenses free of charge (trials involving contact lenses).
- Receive free contact lenses and solutions (or other eye care products that are part of the trial) for the duration of the trial.
- Make a contribution to science! You will be contributing to valuable scientific research and development of new, improved methods of correcting sight.
- Be reimbursed for you time.
- The time and effort to attend the visits
- The product may not work for you
- A reaction to the products used
- We closely monitor eye health to ensure safety
- Answer any questions accurately and honestly
- Follow study instructions – even if it is different to what you normally do
- Attend all scheduled visits
- Tell us immediately if you experience any problems
As well as all the eye checks we perform to ensure your eye suitability and safety, a committee comprised of research specialists, optometric clinicians, scientists and a biostatistician, reviews all proposed clinical trials. Clinical trials must then be reviewed and approved by a Human Research Ethics Committee, and conform to Australian and international regulations and codes of conduct for clinical trials.
Prior to enrolment in a trial, the nature of the trial and any risks that may be involved will be explained to you. A Participant Information Sheet and Informed Consent Form will be given to you to read, and then you can discuss any questions or concerns with the clinical optometrist. If you are interested in participating, the informed consent form is signed, and a copy will be given to you to keep.
Are you 45+? Interested in trying new contact lenses?
Are you 18+? Do you wear contact lenses?
The Clinical Research Trials Centre is located on the Kensington campus of the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.
1300 651 663 or 0415 487 848
Level 5 North Wing
Rupert Myers Building
Gate 14 Barker Street
University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2052
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