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Healthy volunteers needed for glaucoma research

image-tools (97)A clinical trial led by CERA Managing Director Professor Jonathan Crowston is urgently seeking healthy adult volunteers WITHOUT glaucoma and WITHOUT a family history of glaucoma.

Glaucoma is the most common cause of irreversible blindness worldwide. It affects over 300,000 Australian however half of these people don’t know they have it. Glaucoma progresses slowly and patients may not notice any changes to their vision until the disease is advanced.

This new trial is testing whether electroretinogram (ERG) measurements in people with glaucoma are different to those in healthy people. An ERG measures electrical activity in the retina, similar to the heart tracings made with an ECG. It is already commonly used in diagnosing a number of retinal disorders and there has been some research to suggest that there may be a difference in ERG measurements in people with glaucoma.

If the results show a repeatable difference between the healthy and diseased eyes, it is hoped that ERG tests could become an important tool in the early diagnosis and monitoring of glaucoma.

What is involved for volunteers:

1. Measurements will be conducted on Monday mornings, Wednesday arfternoons, Thursdays and Fridays in June 2013
2. Volunteers will have their pupils dilated with eye drops, and this means their vision may be blurry for a few hours after.
3. The test will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
4. Participants must be able to return in one week for a repeat measurement.

If you would like to know more about this study, please contact Jessica Tang via email j.tang114@gmail.com.