Clinical Research

A Vision to the Future - Clinical Research at Associated Eye Care

Participating in clinical research is a long standing part of the Associated Eye Care Mission to provide excellence in patient care. These FDA Clinical Trials allow our patients access to new technologies, treatments, medications, surgical techniques and devices often years before they are available to the general public. Our doctors continue to be involved in the development and improvement of leading edge ophthalmic techniques and products.

As a result of the willingness of our patients to participate in these studies, new and innovative ideas become reality. For most studies there are minimal extra visits to the clinic, but some require periodic lengthy visits over a two to five year commitment. These studies become a partnership between the doctor and the patient to ensure that protocols are followed, and all relevant information is captured. Many patients see this as a “pay it forward” opportunity for future patients to gain access to new standards of care.

The combination of innovative doctors, and compliant study patients has led to AEC being regarded as a center of excellence for ophthalmic companies to partner with for clinical research. Our doctors have participated in all phases of the FDA approval process as well as post-marketing studies over the past 20 plus years.

If you are a candidate for any of our active clinical studies, your doctor will discuss this with you at the time of your exam.

Examples of studies that have been done here are:

Cataract Surgery:

  • Intraocular lenses used in cataract surgery
  • Lifestyle Premium Intraocular Lenses: ReSTOR and Toric
  • Surgical equipment used to perform cataract surgery
  • Antibiotic, steroid and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory eye medications used post-operatively
  • Marketing studies to determine patient satisfaction
  • Tissue adhesive to seal surgical incisions
  • Cataract in diabetics

Macular Degeneration:

  • Macugen
  • Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT)

Refractive Procedures:

  • LASIK and PRK
  • Phakic intraocular lenses for high myopia
  • Post marketing sizing study for Visian ICL

Blepharitis and Dry Eye

  • Devices and medications used to treat blepharitis
  • Medication studies including Restasis for dry eyes
  • Artificial tear studies


  • Treatment of amblyopia in children
  • Strabismus muscle surgery


If you are a candidate for any of our active clinical studies, your doctor will discuss this with you at the time of your exam. Call 651 275-3000 to Schedule an Appointment.

We at AEC are proud to be part of these studies that allow us to be on the cutting edge of technology and to provide the latest innovations to our patients. In this way we hope to improve outcomes and provide future generations of patients an opportunity to have these advancements available. We are grateful to the many hundreds of our patients who have participated in these trials.