Source: Grosse Pointe News Online

Henry Ford Hospital seeks eye patients for study

by the Grosse Pointe News

September 26, 2013

Patients with keratoconus (cone-shaped corneas) or post-LASIK ectasia can take part in a new clinical trial at Henry Ford Hospital. The rare condition pushes the cornea into a cone shape. The trial investigates corneal collagen cross-linking, a treatment designed to help stop the progression of keratoconus by strengthening corneal tissue.

In patients with keratoconus, the cornea has an irregular surface, resulting in a distorted image improved by wearing rigid contact lenses. There has not been another option for patients with keratoconus who cannot tolerate these lenses until this experimental cross-linking procedure was developed.

The clinical trial involves a procedure in which an ophthalmologist temporarily removes the numbed top layer of the cornea. Drops are placed in the eyes and then the cornea is exposed to ultraviolet light for a period of time.

Three study groups will be assigned different lengths of time for UVA exposure and participants are followed for 12 months. Treatments are free and screening visits and follow-up testing are covered by insurance.

For more information about enrollment, call (313) 916-2481.