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Research Volunteers

Recruiting for Research Studies

Cincinnati Eye Institute is currently enrolling volunteers to participate in clinical research studies for adults with dry eyes, glaucoma, cataracts, iris defects, macular degeneration, ocular histoplasmosis, and diabetes.

If you or someone you know is interested in clinical research, please contact the Clinical Research department by calling 513-569-3688 or email at [email protected].

Qualified participants may receive health assessments and study related medical care. Reimbursement for your time and travel may be provided

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a clinical research study?
A clinical research study involves human participants and is intended to add to medical knowledge. There are two main types of clinical studies: clinical trials and observational studies. The website ClinicalTrials.gov includes information about clinical research studies.
Who can participate in a clinical study?
To qualify for a study, you must meet the specific criteria established for the study. The criteria are based on things such as age, medical and ocular history, and current medication use. The Research Coordinator may be able to provide preliminary information to you over the phone, but the best way to determine if you qualify for a study is to undergo a research related screening visit with one of the doctors involved in the study.

What will it cost me to participate in a clinical study?
This answer depends on the study. In some studies eye medications or devices may be provided to you at no cost or at a reduced rate. In other studies, there are no discounts on treatments, examinations, or procedures. Before participation in a clinical study, the investigator, a Research Coordinator, or other Research Staff member will explain related costs and stipends.
What is my responsibility as a research participant?
As a research participant, your responsibilities are to:
  • Provide a complete and accurate medical history.
  • Follow the instructions and advice of your research team.
  • Inform your research team if you do not understand information about the study.
  • Communicate changes in your medical condition.
  • Attend all follow-up study visits as required by the study protocol.


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