Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Currently Enrolling Study

Assessing the Function of Individual Cells in Patients with IRDs

Purpose of study:
This project is being done to understand the function of individual photoreceptors in individuals with inherited retinal degenerations and/or normal vision using retinal imaging tools and visual function tests.

What is an Inherited Retinal Degeneration (IRD)?
In inherited retinal degermation, or IRD, is an eye condition that causes vision loss due to death of photoreceptor cells in the back of the eye (the retina).

What is involved?
You will be in this study for up two years, with up to two visits annually. Each visit will take a maximum of 7 hours and may be conducted at the Eye Institute and/or Marquette University. Study visits will include questionnaires, an eye exam, vision testing, visual function testing, and retinal imaging.

Research volunteers will receive $15/hour, up to $90 per visit, for participating in this study.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you meet these criteria.

  1. You are 18 years or older
  2. You have normal vision
  3. You have been told by a doctor that you have an inherited retinal degeneration

More information
Contact Katie M with questions, (414) 955-7866 or kmckenney@mcw.edu.

IRB approval date 11/25/2020

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