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Take part in research

We’re passionate about supporting clinicians and scientists to carry out cutting edge research into glaucoma detection, care and treatment. We don’t just help by funding research. Glaucoma UK is the charity that researchers approach when they’re looking for people to join in new clinical trials, and this is where you come in.

If you’re living with glaucoma and are interested in taking part in research studies that will help improve diagnosis, care and treatment opportunities click here to read about research we’ve funded and experiences of others who’ve helped in recent clinical trials.

Have you ever thought about taking part in research? All the latest opportunities to volunteer in research studies can be found below.

Eyecatcher 3.0 – City, University of London

Making the visual field test easier for patients… but just as useful.

We know that many people with glaucoma loathe the visual field test.

Researchers at City, University of London are recruiting adults with glaucoma to take part in new research to make the visual field test easier for people to do, while still providing results that are accurate and reliable. The research uses some technology called Eyecatcher 3.0.

It involves an app and a headset which can be plugged into your phone. The aim of the research is to identify whether the data captured by Eyecatcher 3.0 is as reliable and accurate as a traditional visual field test. If it works, it might lead to a gentler experience when it comes to having your visual field tested.  

Watch this video to see the Eyecatcher device in action and find out more about the study here.  

If you take part, you will attend a single appointment at the university in central London, lasting around 90 minutes, and be paid £25 for your time. The appointment will consist of a routine eye examination followed by a series of visual field tests, carried out by an ophthalmologist. If you are interested in taking part, please contact the researcher Jeremy Tan at jeremy.tan@city.ac.uk to check you are eligible. We expect the study to run until July 2024. 

University of Bradford

You are invited to take part in a study investigating how glaucoma affects vision. The overall, long-term aims of the study are to understand exactly what effect glaucoma has on people’s sight. In other words, how differently do people with glaucoma see the world? The researchers want to hear directly from people who have glaucoma. The study consists of various projects including focus groups, questionnaires, and computerised/clinical testing. You are able to participate in as little or as many aspects of this project as you choose – eligibility screening will occur prior to any commencement of sessions. For more information contact Iqra Yousaf at i.m.yousaf@bradford.ac.uk.

Head Injuries (TBI) & Health Outcomes Survey

Researchers from Bravo Victor are recruiting UK adults aged over 18 years for a research study exploring head injuries and their effects on health in adults. They are also trying to better understand the experiences of those who are living with disabilities, particularly sight loss and visual dysfunction who are often not represented in medical research.

The survey takes approximately 15 minutes but may take longer (up to 30 minutes) if using accessibility software. Participants also have the option to enter a prize draw after completing the survey. There are 10 x £100 vouchers available to win.

You can complete the survey here.

City, University of London

This project is collecting clinical data from people with and without glaucoma, with the aim of developing tests which may help to improve early detection. The researchers are looking for people aged 40 years and above with diagnosed Glaucoma or Ocular Hypertension. This study involves a single visit of approximately 2 hours to City, University of London, which will include a range of non-invasive tests measuring different aspects of your eyes and vision.

If you are interested in hearing more about this study, ask your clinician for more details, or contact the researcher, Aiman Hafeez, on aiman.hafeez@city.ac.uk to check your eligibility.

The researchers are hoping to have recruited participants by April 2024.

Moorfields

You can get involved and be contacted about research studies that may be applicable to you, be a part of the Moorfields research family, and/or help shape the design and conduct of future research. Their new platform ROAM makes it easier than ever to get involved with research opportunities. For more information or to take part in Moorfields research, please click here.

Vision Foundation UK

As part of research commissioned by Vision Foundation UK to look at the impact of loneliness and isolation among people with visual impairments, researchers are seeking people who are willing to be interviewed about their experiences. They are specifically looking for representation from Scotland, England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. They are also looking to hear from people of all ages, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations.

If you might be interested in taking part, please email Craig Dunlop at c.dunlop@abertay.ac.uk  or call him on 01382 30 84 54. You will be given more information to help you decide whether you want to take part and a consent form to complete if you decide to do so.

There isn’t a deadline to apply, and the researchers plan to take enquiries from people who are interested in taking part throughout the interview phase of the research.

Learn more about the HMRC User Panel here

University of Edinburgh

Researchers are aiming to use routinely collected eye data to develop a tool for identifying individuals at high risk of vision loss, ensuring they are targeted to receive treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.
They are looking for patients, family and carers of those with Glaucoma who may have an interest in optimising treatment and exploring how we can use eye data to better treat patients. The study is funded by the Chief Scientist Office in Scotland. Local patients, carers and family are preferred.

The Patient Public Involvement activities would involve meetings to explore various topics including:

• acceptability of using the eye data
• concerns about using the eye data
• how we explain the study to the public/other patients

Researchers will provide an induction and ongoing support to those who get involved and offer flexible arrangements for being involved, including online meetings. They offer remuneration of £20 per hour plus reasonable expenses.

To get involved, please contact Carol.porteous@ed.ac.uk.

National Institute for Health and Research (NIHR)

There are many opportunities for you to take part in research with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) taking place across the UK. Please click here for more information about NIHR research.

* If you are a postgraduate student and are looking to recruit participants to your study or dissertation, please note that you will need to have received ethical approval for your research in order for us to promote it on this page.

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