Shah Eye Center, in conjunction with Discovery Clinical Trials, is now taking part in medical research studies to explore eye complications and diseases.

Research studies are the safest and fastest way to find treatments that work along with new ways to improve health, according to the Center for Information and Study of Clinical Research Participation.

Participants in research studies typically receive investigational medications, eye examinations and lab tests at no charge. Also, most studies offer reimbursement to participants for time and travel involved.


The need for volunteers is critical. According to statistics from Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development, lack of participation causes 85 percent of all drug trials to be delayed. Enrollment rates have declined by 20 percent since 2000.

One of the toughest hurdles to overcome is the perception that study participants are “guinea pigs.” All studies are conducted under strictly enforced federal guidelines from start to finish, with safety as the highest concern.

Discovery Clinical Trials, based in San Antonio, has been working with physicians and clinics since 2009. It has partnerships in McAllen, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas, Arlington and Orlando, Florida, conducting various types of research studies from asthma to diabetes to allergies.

Shah Eye Center currently is engaged in studies involving posterior uveitis, as well as adult and pediatric glaucoma.