Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Currently Enrolling Study

Normal Eye Research Study

Purpose of study:
Researchers in the Eye Institute at the Medical College of Wisconsin are looking for subjects willing to participate in a study on human vision. This research study is being conducted to better understand retinal structure and function.

Why do we need normal subjects?
Many of our research studies look at specific ocular diseases. Characterization of a diseased eye relies on direct comparison to healthy or "normal" eyes. What is "normal" varies from person to person; however, by studying many normal eyes, we are able to formulate a reasonable estimate of the normal structure and function of eyes. We are looking for subjects without any known or suspected eye problems (other than wearing glasses or contact lenses, as long as your prescription is under 8 diopters).

What is involved in our research?
This non-invasive imaging study may include one or more visits to the Eye Institute. Research volunteers will be asked to complete an ocular health questionnaire and a series of vision tests. In addition, we will use various imaging devices to take pictures of the eye – including optical coherence tomography (OCT), fundus photography, and adaptive optics retinal imaging. At least one eye will be dilated during the visit. There is no direct health benefit to volunteers. Each visit typically takes about 3 hours.
Research volunteers will receive $15 per hour for their time.

You may be eligible to participate in this study if you meet these criteria.
  • You are 5-20 years old or 31-70 years old.
  • You do not have any known ocular pathology including color blindness.
  • You do not have severe hyperopia/myopia (+- 8.0 D correction).
  • You have mostly clear media - minor cataracts and floaters are ok.
  • You are willing and able to provide informed consent.

Contact: normative@mcw.edu (414) 955-AOIP

IRB approval: PRO00017439


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