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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.

Experiences of glaucoma and visual field testing

Are you over 40 years of age with a diagnosis of primary open angle glaucoma (POAG)? Can you share your experiences of the visual field test? The test may be familiar to you by one of its various names, including the ‘fields test’, ‘Humphrey test’, ‘visual analysis test’, ‘perimetry test’, or ‘VF test’. The main purpose of this survey is to hear your thoughts about the visual field test, and to seek your views on how it might be improved to be more patient-friendly.

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and entirely anonymous. It should take no more than around five minutes to complete.

If you would like to take part, you can access the survey here.

If you would like further Information before or after taking part, read this document or contact the researcher, Dr Paul Skarratt at the University of Hull, at p.skarratt@hull.ac.uk .

City, University of London

Do you ever struggle to put your drops in, or forget? Do you need help from a partner with your eye drops? Researchers are looking at developing new ways to help people with their eye drops. If you ever find your eye drops a problem, your views and experiences will be invaluable! There will be a focus group on Wednesday 12 June where you can share your thoughts. 

For more information, read this document. If you would like to take part, contact Deborah Bott on deborah.bott.1@city.ac.uk

Effect of glaucoma on vision

You are invited to take part in a survey 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. 

Please complete the survey here.

All participants will have the chance to enter a £100 prize draw in store vouchers. If you would like more information contact Iqra Yousaf at i.m.yousaf@bradford.ac.uk or read this information sheet

Early detection of glaucoma

Researchers are looking for people above 40 years of age diagnosed with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), normal tension glaucoma, or ocular hypertension without any other eye conditions, and non-diabetic people.

The main purpose of this study is to assess the ability of different computer-based tests of visual function such as contrast sensitivity, colour vision sensitivity and sensitivity to flickering lights to detect glaucoma, and to differentiate between different levels of severity.

The study will take place at City, University of London, Northampton Square, EC1V 0HB, London.

The study doesn’t cover/reimburse any travel cost but at the end of participation (single visit ~2 hours long) the participants receive £20 in Amazon vouchers as an appreciation of their time.

For further Information please feel free to contact the researcher, Miss Aiman Hafeez at aiman.hafeez@city.ac.uk.

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.

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.

* 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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