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Eye diseases we study

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CERA is currently recruiting volunteers with various eye conditions for a number of trials.

Age-related macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative disease that affects the central area of the retina called the macula, causing it to deteriorate and in some cases bleed. There are two types of AMD – wet and dry. ‘Dry’ AMD develops slowly and results in gradual vision impairment. It is the most common form of AMD. ‘Wet’ AMD develops more rapidly and occurs when abnormal blood vessels develop beneath the retina and bleed

CERA is currently recruiting for patients with newly diagnosed and untreated ‘wet’ AMD or early AMD.

Diabetic retinopathy

Diabetic retinopathy is a complication of diabetes mellitus that damages blood vessels inside the retina at the back of the eye. It commonly affects both eyes and can lead to vision loss if it is not treated.

Other retinal conditions

Other retinal conditions we study include Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion, Central Retinal Vein Occlusion, Central Serous Retinopathy and Vitreo-Retinal diseases.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma affects the optic nerve connecting the eye to the brain. A number of risk factors can contribute to glaucoma including high eye pressure, a positive family history and factors that impair blood supply to the optic nerve.

Keratoconus

Keratoconus is a common degenerative condition of the eye where the cornea (front window of the eye) gets progressively thinner. As a result of this thinning, the normally round shape of the cornea becomes distorted and a cone-like bulge develops.

Researchers are currently looking for patients with keratoconus and their families to participate in studies. Contact Srujana Sahebjada on 0404 181 677 or email gene.study@gmail.com for more information.

Read the latest Australian Study of Keratoconus (ASK) newsletter.

Uveitis

Uveitis is a condition of inflammation of the middle coat of the eye, which extends from the iris at the front of the eye to the retina and choroid at the back of the eye. Symptoms include red or watery eyes, pain, light sensitivity and blurred vision. The cause is often unknown but may be due to infection or an autoimmune disease.

Other clinical trial opportunities

If none of these trials are applicable to you, you may like to consider volunteering for one of our large imaging studies. We need volunteers who have diabetes, glaucoma or no eye condition at all, to volunteer for a once-off visit as part of the Vision Cooperative Research Centre project.

If you are interested in participating in the Vision CRC trial, contact Lauren Hodgson on 9929 8933.