Clinical trials are staged tests of a drug’s efficacy before treatment is approved for the general public. Once a drug or treatment has been developed, it is tested in humans through a succession of clinical trials. Clinical trials begin with Phase I trials, which test the treatment on a small number of people for safety and best dose. Phase II involves several hundred subjects to test for effectiveness. Phase III expands the study to thousands of people in order to confirm effectiveness and monitor safety and side effects. After the drug or treatment has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and made available for public use, studies continue to track side effects and success.
Florida Eye Associates is currently participating in a number of clinical trials to treat various forms of retinal disease including macular degeneration and retinopathy. Use the form below to get additional information or to schedule an eligibility screening to find out if you are a candidate. You will always need to be examined before you are accepted, and you must be available for scheduled appointments.