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Study Portfolio

We oversee research that deals with both the medical and the surgical treatment of eye diseases, as well as optometry and visual rehabilitation and other key areas within the broader discipline of vision sciences. This means that we support a wide range of research studies such as those involving medicines and devices for diseases of the eye, those investigating childhood and inherited visual disorders, and studies of aids to help people with visual impairment.

These studies can focus on conditions such as:

  • Strabismus/paediatrics
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma
  • Retina (including diabetes)
  • Ocular Inflammation
  • Anterior Segment Cataract
  • Refraction optometry.

In 2015-2016, Scotland had 13 Ophthalmology studies actively recruiting, across 11 different sites, with more than 300 participants recruited at this time.

Some of our Active studies are:


16022 - Treatment of Advanced Glaucoma Study (TAGS): A multicentre randomised controlled trial comparing primary medical treatment with primary augmented trabeculectomy for people with newly diagnosed advanced glaucoma.

Sites in: Glasgow, Lothian, Fife, Tayside and Lanarkshire.

Recruitment closing date: 31/05/17.


17966 - PIMS: A multicentre interventional comparative randomised controlled clinical trial comparing face-down positioning with an inactive face-forward position on the outcome of surgery for large macular holes. Positioning in Macular Hole Surgery.

Sites in: Glasgow.

Recruitment closing date: 01/04/2017.


18457 - EDNA: Early detection of neovascular age-related macular degeneration

Sites in: Lothian.

Recruitment closing date: 30/04/2017.


17226 - Adjunctive Steroid Combination in Ocular Trauma (ASCOT) Study: A phase 3 multi-centre double-masked randomised controlled trial of adjunctive intraocular and periocular steroid (triamcinolone acetonide) versus standard treatment in eyes undergoing vitreoretinal surgery for open globe trauma.

Sites in: Glasgow.

Recruitment closing date: 31/03/2018.


If you would like information on any of the studies listed above, please contact or