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 Low Vision Clinical trials are a branch of clinical research. They are what drive medical advancements, especially for the low vision community. They look for new ways to detect, prevent and even treat the causes of low vision. Sometimes these trials involve testing new medications or trying a combination or medical treatments, surgeries and medications. Other trials focus on the use of low vision assistance technology. But, the goal of a trial, regardless of what they are testing, is to make sure it is safe and effective before offering it to the rest of the low vision community.

Clinical trials also help improve the quality of life of those with low vision who have not found other ways to cope with their condition. Your reasons for participating are entirely your own – whether you want access to new, innovative treatments or you want to try medications that might help slow down the progression of your disorder. You do, however, have to suffer from low vision in order to participate.

Why Low Vision  Clinical Trials are Necessary for the  Community

Clinical trials help professionals identify what works and more importantly, what doesn’t work. They are the best way for professionals to find out what works best when managing and treating low vision. A clinical trial has two questions it must answer:

  1. Does It Work on Humans? Most clinical trials start with laboratory testing on rats or other animals, but before it can go public, it must also be used on humans. A clinical trial helps physicians see how it affects humans with low vision, if there are any side effects and whether or not it is an effective type of treatment.
  2. Is it Safe? More importantly, physicians don’t just want something that works, they want to make sure it is also safe for people suffering from low vision.

Participating in a Low Vision Clinical Trial

You will be expected to take numerous eye exams for your clinical trial. You might even be required to take a separate medication or undergo treatment. But, those who undergo clinical trials are monitored carefully by a team of doctors, technicians and specialists. Also, you may be one of the first to receive a promising low vision treatment – if it is successful. By participating you are helping others with low vision just like you and may even help uncover revolutionary treatments.

Even if you do not qualify for low vision clinical trials, you can stay up to date on the latest trials and news from the low vision community with the Access World app. This app was created by the American Foundation for the Blind’s and is an online publication focusing on the Access World magazine. Get AccessWorld and other unique low vision apps from Low Vision Technologies today.

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As a person living with low vision, I personally find it fascinating in terms of how research is always moving forward in the pursuit of better technology and therapies that will make our lives easier.

My goal here is to help you, too, become aware of where to go to learn about advances in understanding macular degeneration, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, angioid streaks (which is what I have), etc.

Resources for Low Vision Clinical Trials

The Mayo Clinic is always working toward new knowledge regarding the various diseases and conditions that cause low vision. You can read more at their Low Vision Rehabilitation Outcomes Assessment

I’m always on the lookout for new technology that will make our lives easier, more productive and allow us to remain independent. 

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