New Children's Myopia Control Study at CORE

New Children's Myopia Control Study at CORE

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New Children’s Myopia Control Study at CORE

Dear Parent(s),

Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a condition that emerges during childhood and continues to progress throughout adolescence. Now, more than ever, children are developing myopia at younger ages, and it’s progressing more rapidly, contributing to an increased risk of developing other serious ocular conditions. 

The Centre for Ocular Research & Education is inviting families to participate in a three-year study investigating a new spectacle lens designed to slow down the progression of myopia in children. If eligible, your child will be randomly assigned to wear one of three different lens designs provided, and will be required to attend all scheduled visits over a three-year period. All lenses and spectacle frames will be provided throughout the course of this study, and families will be remunerated for their time. Approximately 255 children ages 6-9 will be participating in this long-term study across 14 sites in both Canada and the USA. 

If you believe your child is eligible to participate, or would like to know more, please read on for more information,

What are we trying to learn?

This purpose of this research study is to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of a new spectacle lens design in reducing the rate of myopic progression in children. Your child, if selected, will be randomly assigned to one of three spectacle lens groups (two test groups and one control group). 

About the study

If eligible, your child will be asked to wear the spectacles provided by us (frame chosen by you) and attend the following visit schedule over the course of three years. Please note, your child will receive a new pair of spectacle frames and study lenses for each year they participate in the study.

  • Visit 0 – Screening visit to determine eligibility – 2.5 hours

  • Visit 1 –Spectacle Dispense – 2 hours

  • Visit 2– 1 month follow up – 1 hour

  • Visit 3 – 6 month follow up – 1.5 hours

  • Visit 4- 12 month follow up – 2.5 hours

  • Visit 5- 18 month follow up – 1.5 hours

  • Visit 6 – 24 month follow up – 2.5 hours

  • Visit 7 – 30 month follow up – 1.5 hours

  • Visit 8 – 36 month follow up and exit – 2.5 hours

  • Take home questionnaire- completed every 2-weeks – 2.5 hours per year (completed by child/guardian)

Please note, additional unscheduled visits may be required if your child’s prescription changes throughout this study, and will be remunerated accordingly at the completion of this study

Total time commitment – Approx. 25 hours 

The visits will include standard procedures that you might encounter when you attend an eye exam.

What are the requirements?

  • Must be aged 6-9 

  • Current spectacle wearers with no contact lens experience

  • Prescription range -0.75DS to -4.50DS, maximum astigmatism -1.25DC

Reimbursement

In appreciation of your time, you will receive up to $690 ($360 for your child and $330 for parent/guardian) that will be prorated over a three-year period. The following materials will also be provided:

  • Your child will have an opportunity to select a new pair of spectacle frames for each year of participation in the study (i.e. up to 3 frames over 3 years) from a selection of frames provided by CORE

  • At study completion, your child will also receive a final pair of spectacles, including single-vision lenses and their choice of frames (from a selection).

Parking reimbursement is available for those who drive to their visits and park in Lot O Visitors

How to participate

If you are interested in participating, please call for more details or to book your appointment at 519-888-4742.  Please provide the study ID “CYPRESS when you call. You will be provided with all relevant study information prior to study enrollment and you are under no obligation to participate.

All studies conducted at CORE have been reviewed and received ethics clearance through a University of Waterloo Research Ethics Committee.

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