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What is a Clinical Trial?

The purpose of clinical trials is to give medical knowledge and research to help treat, diagnose, and possibly prevent a condition. Clinical research involves using human volunteers, and each clinical trial has a list of inclusion and exclusion criteria. Our providers will perform a history and exam to determine if you are a candidate for one of our clinical trials.

Our mission is to advance the science of medicine. Our dedicated medical professionals respect our research participants and pride themselves on providing accurate information.

Open and Enrolling Trials:

Travoprost Intraocular Implant

If you've been told by your doctor that you have glaucoma or high eye pressure, you may be able to participate in a clinical study of the Travoprost Intraocular Implant. To qualify, you must be 35 years of age or older and meet all other study-related criteria. For more information, visit:


GATHER2 is a phase 3 trial testing a potential treatment known as Zimura® (avacincaptad pegol).

A phase 3 trial is the final phase of testing typically required for a treatment to be approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The trial doctors want to find out if Zimura® can help slow down the progression of geographic atrophy (GA). The trial doctors will also evaluate potential side effects of Zimura®.

What is Geographic atrophy (GA)?

Geographic atrophy, or GA, is an advanced form of AMD. It affects the macula, which is responsible for your central vision. Individuals with dry AMD or wet AMD can develop GA. GA often affects both eyes. There is no US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)–approved treatment for GA. As GA progresses, you may experience blind spots, distortions, or other changes to your vision. For more information, visit:

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Do you have glaucoma or high eye pressure? If so, you may qualify for a new investigational eye drop research study!

If you have previously been diagnoses with glaucoma or increased eye pressure and are at least 18 years of age, we invite you to participate.

The study involves ~12 office visits over the course of ~12 months.

We have dedicated research coordinators that are available to answer any of your questions or for you to learn about what trials we are currently participating/enrolling. Please call 309-243-2400 to speak to them.

For more information and to see if you qualify, call our office at 309-243-2400 and ask to speak with Therese Buie or Rishma Jensen. Participants in clinical trials are compensated for their time and travel.