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Retina Research Center (RRC) was founded by Brian Berger, M.D. in 2007 as a free standing research facility.  RRC conducts clinical trials evaluating drug therapies and drug delivery devices for a variety of retinal diseases including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, retinal vein occlusions, MacTel Type II and uveitis.  

We strive to ensure that every patient is an optimal fit for a particular clinical trial and afforded unique, individualized care. RRC has four clinical trial investigators that participate in our trials: Brian B. Berger, MD, Fuad Makkouk, MD, Stephen B. Whiteside, MD and Byron David Brent, MD. Our clinical research coordinators and photographers are friendly, knowledgeable, certified, and look forward to helping you and your family receive the latest treatments for retinal diseases.

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What is a Retina Specialist?

A retina specialist is a medical doctor who has specialized in ophthalmology and sub-specialized in diseases and surgery of the vitreous body of the eye and the retina. This subspecialty is sometimes known as vitreoretinal medicine.

Retina specialists are highly trained.  They must complete medical school and specialized training in ophthalmology, as well as vitreoretinal training.

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What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials are at the heart of medical advances. They are designed to test the safety and efficacy of new approaches to preventing, detecting, and treating disease. Trials also look for  new ways to use existing treatments, new drugs, surgical procedures and devices.

Clinical trial participants enroll to possibly receive the newest treatment for their conditions, to have additional care and attention from clinical trial, staff and to help researchers find better treatments for future patients.In the United States, clinical trials must meet rigorous standards and be registered with the National Institutes of Health.

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Why participate in a clinical trial?

When you participate in a clinical trial, you are contributing to research that could bring new treatments one step closer to reaching patients across the nation.

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Conditions and Diseases

Retinal diseases vary widely, but most of them cause visual symptoms. Retinal diseases can affect any part of your retina, a thin layer of tissue on the inside back wall of your eye.

The retina contains millions of light-sensitive cells (rods and cones) and other nerve cells that receive and organize visual information. Your retina sends this information to your brain through your optic nerve, enabling you to see.

Treatment is available for some retinal diseases. Depending on your condition, treatment goals may be to stop or slow the disease and preserve, improve or restore your vision.

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