Eye Disease Research Opportunities

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The UPMC Eye Center is currently recruiting for two research studies. They are the Domain Study and the Retinal Imaging Study. The Domain Study is also known as “Optical Coherence Domain Reflectometry and Optical Coherence Tomography Measurements of Intraocular Structure.” This study is currently in its 19th year of funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Originally started in the Boston area, the Domain Study moved to Pittsburgh in 2003. The Pittsburgh study now has more than 2,100 participants. The second study is “Novel Diagnostics with Optical Coherence Tomography: Retinal Imaging.” This study has newer technologies for imaging of the back of the eye.

In both studies, participants are followed regularly based on their diagnoses (such as glaucoma). Physicians, scientists and engineers evaluate images captured with a series of eye devices. These images help the researchers map the back of the eye. Mapping the back of the eye allows for improved diagnoses and treatment options. Both the Domain and Retinal Imaging studies help to improve the quality of care that is provided at the UPMC Eye Center. Publication of the scientific studies performed at UPMC Eye Center has had a global impact on eye health. The work done in Pittsburgh allows for better identification of disease. It’s important to see how eye diseases progress. This improves the long-term management of eye disease.

If you are interested in participating in either study, contact the UPMC Eye Center at 412-383-9884.

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