Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Studies

Our mission is to improve, restore, and preserve sight. Research is an integral part of this mission. In fact, since its opening in 1976, the Eye Institute at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin has been committed to advancing our ability to provide excellent clinical and surgical care through investing in research. From developing novel surgical techniques, to participating in national clinical trials to test new drugs, to advancing state-of-the art imaging tools to study retinal disease, we remain at the forefront of vision research.

Clinical Research Coordinator with a patient

Currently Enrolling Studies

We are proud of our research history, and today we continue to be actively involved in a number of exciting research studies. Of course, our research would not be possible without the participation of research volunteers. Below you will find details on all of our current research studies. If you think you qualify and would like more information or are interested in participating, please click the "Learn More" button next to that study.

 Study   Age Gender IRB Approval  
 Acucela SeaStar Study for Stargardt Disease Learn More 16+  gender PRO00033552
I am interested
Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network – Protocol AE Learn More 18+  gender JCHR IRB approved May 31, 2019 I am interested

Development of Patient-Specific Retinal Cells from Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell for Generating Human Retinal Models of Eye Diseases
Learn More 5+   gender PRO00031021
Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network – Protocol AC Learn More 18+  gender Jaeb IRB application 2018-33272, 8/6/2018  I am interested
 MacTel Laser Study Learn More 21-79  gender PRO00030028
I am interested

MacTel Natural History Observation and Registry
for MacTel Type2

Learn More 18+ gender PRO27103
I am interested
Retrophin CTX Prevalence Cataract Study Learn More 18+ gender CHW16/127
I am interested
Advanced Ocular Imaging Program
Color Blindness
Learn More


I am interested

Ongoing Research Studies | Not Currently Enrolling

Ongoing Research Studies | Not Currently Enrolling

Study Age Gender IRB Approval
 Horizon OPTIC Learn More 18-75 gender PRO00029188
Foundation Fighting Blindness RUSH2A Study (Usher Syndrome Type 2)  Learn More 8+ gender Jaeb 2017-24429
Biomarkers Study for Eye Disease Learn More 18+ gender PRO00024620
eyeGENE® Learn More 18+ gender CHW 08/228
Alkeus TEASE Study for Stargardt Disease Learn More


gender WIRB Pr. No. 20151467 

 Score 2 Study for Retinal Vein Occlusion Learn More   18+ gender   PRO00022575 

Closed Studies

 Gilead Uveitis Study for Non-Infectious Uveitis
 AREDS2 10-Year Follow-On Study
 Alcon HAWK Study for Wet AMD
 Runge Card Study for Visual Acuity 
 TED01RV Study for Thyroid Eye Disease 
 Acucela SEATTLE Study for Advanced Dry AMD 
 Allergan-PALM Study for Diabetic Macular Edema
 Imaging Study for Dry and Wet AMD



Please call (414) 955-7862 to speak with Eye Institute Clinical Research staff.