Clinical Trials

West Coast Eyecare Associates offers a variety of Clinical Trials. Our goal is to continue to strive for excellence in vision care, and in doing so assume a leadership role in clinically relevant research. Dr. Katzman has been an active Investigator in Clinical Trials since 1981, working with every major pharmaceutical company in search of the best vision treatment. Over the years we have done over 75 clinical trials. We offer clinical trials in areas of: Bacterial Conjunctivitis, Corneal Ulcers, Glaucoma, Dry Eye, Cataracts, and Ocular Hypertension. We are always expanding our indications and updating our techniques.

Brief Summary of Clinical Trials

Clinical trials are carried out in four parts, or phases.

Phase I. Researchers first conduct Phase I trials in small numbers of patients and healthy volunteers. If the new treatment is a medicine, researchers also want to find out how much of it can be given safely.

Phase II. Researchers conduct Phase II trials in small numbers of patients to find out the effect of a new treatment on an eye disease or disorder.

Phase III. Finally, researchers conduct Phase III trials to find out whether the new treatments work better, the same, or not as well as the standard treatments already being used. Phase III trials also help to determine if new treatments have any side effects. These trials--which may involve hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people around the country--can also compare new treatments with no treatment.

Phase IV studies, often called Post Marketing Surveillance Trials, are conducted after a drug or device has been approved for consumer sale. Pharmaceutical companies have several objectives at this stage: (1) to compare a drug with other drugs already in the market; (2) to monitor a drug's long-term effectiveness and impact on a patient's quality of life; and (3) to determine the cost-effectiveness of a drug therapy relative to other traditional and new therapies. Phase IV studies can result in a drug or device being taken off the market or restrictions of use could be placed on the product depending on the findings in the study.

Here at West Coast Eye Care we focus on Phase II, III, and IV which is an advantage for our patients. We can offer new and innovative vision treatments that are sometimes limited to the general public and are very safe.

Please call to schedule an appointment to find out if you are a candidate for one of our studies.

Nicole Ruiz
619-697-4600 EXT 123
Study Coordinator

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