- Why should I take part in research studies?
Whether you are taking part in research associated with dry eye, new contact lenses, or are a young person wanting to try contact lenses. You will be helping us understand more about future treatments and products that will improve your vision. Participation in studies is also financially compensated (including travel costs) and you often get to use the study product outside of the clinic under our care.
- What COVID-19 measures are in place?
At OTGi we can assure you that we have been taking hygiene very seriously: and have strict enhanced hygiene measures in place to ensure safety of patients, staff and the community. All staff and patients wear Personal Protective Equipment when in the clinic, in line with Public Health England advice.
- How safe is the research?
All our research is approved by an independent ethics committee. Our optometrists are fully qualified, and experts in their field so you are in very safe and capable hands when you come into the clinic. In the unlikely event any issues arise, we have a medical monitor (doctor) who will oversee your care alongside OTGi.
- When will I be reimbursed?
Upon successful study completion, financial reimbursement will be provided in the form of a cheque. Should you discontinue from a study prior to completion, pro-rata reimbursement will be arranged.
- Is my personal information safe with you?
We use a secure electronic data capture system with end-to-end encryption that is password protected. We will never pass on your data to third parties. All data you provide is completely safe and protected according to GDPR regulations.
- If I take part your study, do I still need to get my eyes tested?
Yes, being on our database or participation in our studies should not replace your normal care.
- I do not currently wear contact lenses. Can I still take part in studies?
Yes, we offer a range of vision studies in addition to contact lenses and dry eye. We advise you attend a screening appointment where one of our fully qualified optometrists will advise you regarding suitable studies.