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Since the year 2000, our Research Department has been actively involved in studies investigating the Artificial Iris. We are thrilled to share that this device has finally been approved by the FDA! Click here to read more about this approval. 

Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Clinical Research Department was created to ensure high quality pre-clinical and clinical trials in vision research. Clinical research is an important component of our practice because it extends new technologies to patients and increases the overall standard of vision care. Our physicians, surgeons and researchers have participated in vision research studies for years, and are among a select group of individuals whose contributions led to many of the refractive surgery technologies in use today.

Research study success begins with a dedicated team of researchers and medical personnel who have years of experience in clinical trials, consulting and management. The research team is comprised of ophthalmologists, doctors of optometry, fellow physicians, a clinical research manager, clinical research coordinators and technicians. Research activities are conducted within our metro-area clinics.

Major areas of investigation include: LASIK Eye Surgery, refractive surgery, complex case management, cataract surgery, natural lens replacement surgery, glaucoma management, corneal transplantation, iris reconstruction, surgical instrumentation and drug therapies.

Current Studies

We are currently engaged in the following studies and are accepting enrollment of participants:

Cornea Studies

IMT Exchange
Implantable miniature telescope in pseudophakic eyes with central vision impairment associated with end-stage macular degeneration.

If you or someone you know has age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and has had a cataract removed, you may be a candidate for a new clinical trial that might help you regain some lost vision. Minnesota Eye Consultants  is one of only 20 sites in the country participating in a new study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a device called the Implantable Miniature Telescope (by Dr. Isaac Lipshitz) implant for patients with End-Stage AMD who have already had a cataract removed from the eye that will be implanted.

ZEDs (Zoster Eye Disease Study)
What is the Zoster Eye Disease Study (ZEDS)?

ZEDS is a clinical trial investigating whether long-term treatment with a pill, Valacyclovir, will help reduce eye disease and/or chronic pain in patients with shingles affecting the eye.

Dry Eye Studies

Thank you for your interest in this study. This is an exciting clinical research study evaluating the efficacy and safety of a drop, Lacripep™, for the treatment of Dry Eye associated with Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome. This study will last approximately 8 weeks and will include 5 visits to our research clinic. You will be provided with ophthalmic drops of Lacripep or a placebo. A placebo is an inactive medication.

Key eligibility criteria include:

  • Age 18 years of age or older
  • Have a documented prior history or current diagnosis of Primary Sjögren’s Syndrome per the American-European Consensus Group Sjögren’s Syndrome Criteria
  • Have a history of dry eye-related ocular symptoms, and have used over the counter ocular wetting agents within the last 120 days

If you are interested in talking to a Study Coordinator about this study and whether or not you may qualify, please complete these questions. Information submitted is confidential and accessible only by our Research and Marketing Departments for the purpose of reviewing your interest and potential eligibility in research studies.

Eye Allergy Studies

We do not have any enrolling Eye Allergy studies at this time.

Glaucoma Studies

We do not have any enrolling Glaucoma studies at this time.


Do you think you may have conjunctivitis (pink eye)?
Research studies are now enrolling. Adults and children of any age may be able to take part if they have pink eye symptoms (e.g. redness, watering), which must have started within the past 3 days.

Study participants may receive:
• all study-related care at no cost
• reimbursement for study visit travel expenses
• an investigational medication for pink eye

Study participation will last for up to 13 days and will require five visits to the study center. Contact your local study center to learn more.

Corneal Crosslinking

This study is looking at the safety and effectiveness of an investigational new cross-linking treatment for slowing the progression of keratoconus. In this study, the top layer of the cornea is not removed (epithelial on) and you will receive either riboflavin (vitamin B2) drops followed by oxygen treatment or placebo (drops without riboflavin and no oxygen). Your participation will last approximately one year, with nine study visits to our clinic.

Contact the Research Department

Director of Research: David R. Hardten, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Clinical Research Manager: Amanda Devers
Clinical Research Coordinators: Tessa Hugo, Kim Baker

For more information, please contact Minnesota Eye Consultants’ Clinical Research Department.

Telephone: (612) 813-3607
Email: [email protected]
Bloomington Office
9801 Dupont Ave S, Suite 200,
Bloomington, MN 55431

Minnetonka Office
10709 Wayzata Blvd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305

Research Study Registry

Our Research Study Registry is a completely voluntary and secure database created and maintained by our research department. It allows our research staff to contact you about our current studies if we have one that appears to match your interests. These studies will have been previously reviewed and approved by an Institutional Review Board to evaluate the risks and benefits of each study.

Research Study Registry is not a research project – it is a registry of information about individuals who are interested in research and willing to be contacted about participation in research studies. If we contact you about a study, you are not required to participate in or volunteer for the study. If we provide you with information about an available study, it does not mean that Minnesota Eye Consultants is recommending that you participate in or consider participating in that study. And, you can always remove yourself from the Study Registry by emailing [email protected].

Sign up for our Research Registry!