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What is research?
Research is the systematic investigation into, and study of, a subject. At Myopia Centre, research is done to obtain more evidence for various myopia treatment options as well as improve our understanding of the myopic eye.
Why is research important?
Research plays an integral role in modern medicine. It is critical in developing new treatment options and increasing our knowledge.
Is research safe?
Contrary to common misconceptions that research participants are 'guinea pigs', there are now many guidelines in place that ensure the safety and health of research participants. These guidelines ensure the credibility and accuracy of the data and reported results and that the rights, integrity and confidentiality of the research participants are respected and protected.
Adult Cohort Study, PROMYSE
We are conducting a prospective cohort study of myopes aged 16 and above. We aim to identify factors associated with myopia progression and sight-threatening complications related to myopia. We are also interested in evaluating the impact of myopia and its complications on vision related quality of life. Participants will undergo a comprehensive eye examination – including pupil dilation- to ascertain eye degrees and health, as well as complete a short questionnaire on their vision and how it affects their life.
Children Cohort Study, PROM-Kids
As the options of myopia treatment increases, the main aim of this study is to monitor the myopia progression of children and their treatment modalities. We hope to definitively develop and refine a myopia treatment protocol, based on evidence. We will also be assessing changes of the eye to determine if these factors could be used to predict myopia progression or response to treatment. This study will be recruiting children and teenagers between the ages of four and 21. Participants will undergo a comprehensive eye examination to determine their eye degrees and health of their eyes.
Myopia research has been an important point of focus at SERI even before its establishment in 1997. This publication is a summary that highlights 30 years of myopia research at SERI.
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