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.

The Shame and Medicine Project

The Shame and Medicine Project is a collaboration between the University of Exeter and University of Birmingham and seeks to explore how shame is experienced in a medical context amongst patients, doctors and students. The study is funded by the Wellcome Trust (Reference number: 217879/Z/19/Z) and has full ethical approval.

The researchers are interested in recruiting individuals with glaucoma and are particularly keen to hear about the experiences of ethnic minorities. They are asking individuals to complete a one-off diary entry outlining feelings of shame and self-consciousness when interacting with medical services. Completing the entry takes between 15 minutes to half an hour and reports can be submitted in a written or audio format. They offer participants a £10 Love2Shop voucher for their time. Learn more about The Shame and Medicine Project here.

Glasgow Caledonian University

A PhD student in Vision Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University is looking for volunteers aged 18 and over to take part in a study to examine the blood flow in the eyes. They are looking to find out more about what happens with blood flow in glaucoma and would like to invite individuals with or without glaucoma to take part in the study.

As a participant, your eye tests will be conducted in one visit of 1-1.5 hours, and all tests are non-invasive. You will help further the understanding of how blood flow in the eye gets affected by the disease process of glaucoma. Your participation will help to build a database of how blood-flow changes in the eyes of glaucoma patients.

To find out more or to take part, please contact Zainab via zainab.alrikabi@gcu.ac.uk

City, University of London

Researchers from the Department of Optometry and Visual Sciences in the School of Health and Psychological Sciences at City, University of London, are looking for volunteers aged 18+ who have glaucoma to take part in their study. Their research will explore the reasons why using eye drops correctly is difficult and the possibility that technology could help.

As a participant, you will be asked to take part in either a telephone or Zoom/MS Teams interview to talk about your experiences of using eye drops and your thoughts about using technology. The interview will last approximately 45 minutes, and you will be entered into a prize draw to win a £50 Love2Shop voucher by way of thanks for your time.

For more information about the study, or to take part, please email Deborah Bott at Deborah.Bott.1@city.ac.uk

University of Plymouth

Hatem Barhoom, a PhD student in Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Plymouth, is looking for volunteers aged 18 or over to take part in a study for designing a new vision test for glaucoma patients. It is not necessary for volunteers to have glaucoma in order to take part.

As a participant in this study, you will be asked to attend two sessions, six months apart. Each session will last approximately 40 minutes. By participating in this study, you will help Hatem to investigate the efficacy of the new vision test design to detect glaucoma progression.

To find out more or to take part, please contact Hatem Barhoom by emailing hatem.barhoom@plymouth.ac.uk or calling 07956 30 82 55. The closing date for applications will be 1 February 2023.

City, University of London

Researchers from City, University of London are asking people who care for an individual with a visual impairment to complete a survey. The results will contribute to a study looking at the impact of COVID-19 on people with a visual impairment.

The survey takes between 10-15 minutes to complete and you will be entered into a prize draw for a £50.00 Love2Shop Gift Card.

You can complete the questionnaire here. For more information about the study, please email Liz Frost on Liz.frost@city.ac.uk.

London South Bank University

Researchers from London South Bank University are conducting research on people aged 18 or over with sight impairment and their experiences in the world of employment or seeking employment. They are keen to hear about experiences to bring about positive changes through conversation.

The survey should take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. You can complete the survey here. It will close on 31 December 2022.

If you have a concern about the study, would like to discuss the research, or would like further support in completing the form, please contact Usha Mistry by email at: mistryu2@lsbu.ac.uk


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.

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.