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SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision are Seeking Nearsighted Children for a Clinic Trial

SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision are Seeking Nearsighted Children for a Clinic Trial

If your 6 to 9 year old child is nearsighted, he may have the opportunity to receive free glasses and free eye care for three years!


SUNY Optometry and SightGlass Vision, Inc. is seeking children ages 6 to 9 years old for a clinical trial involving FDA approval of glasses designed to correct myopia, or nearsightedness, and to reduce the rate of myopic progression in children of this age group. The trial involves using free glasses (that are part of the study) for up to three years, and children will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of frames.

The children will use one of three kinds of lenses as opposed to their normal glasses, provided at no cost, as well as a small reimbursement for their time and travel expenses. 

Those who are interested in participating will be assessed by a research optometrist and then, pending approval, will be invited to attend up to 14 visits over three years to SUNY Optometry's midtown Manhattan location. Comprehensive eye care will also be complimentary throughout the duration of the study.



“People with myopia, or nearsightedness, have an elevated risk of developing potentially blinding conditions,” said Kristen Fry, OD, MS FAAO director of the Clinical Vision Research Center at SUNY Optometry in midtown Manhattan. “Myopia has increased so much in some East Asian countries that 80 to 90 percent of school-aged children are affected. It is estimated that 5 billion people will be nearsighted by 2050.”

If you are interested in having your nearsighted child ages 6 to 9 participate in this clinical trial, you can find more information on the Kids Vision website or by contacting Clinical Research Coordinator Monica Joao at 212-938-4052.


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