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Visual Motor Coordination

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified May 2016 by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) ( National Eye Institute (NEI) ) Identifier:
First received: December 4, 2007
Last updated: August 31, 2016
Last verified: May 2016


  • The relation between eye movement and brain function is a subject of interest to the National Eye Institute.
  • By comparing eye movement in healthy volunteers to research conducted on patients who have difficulty moving their eyes, the National Eye Institute hopes to develop and improve diagnostic procedures for people with eye diseases.


  • To study eye movement in 100 healthy adult and child volunteers.
  • To understand how individuals see visual patterns and how eye movement affects the ability to see.


  • Volunteers must have no serious illnesses and must be 18 years of age or older
  • Volunteers who are 18 years of age or older must be willing to wear contact lenses that record eye movement.
  • Individuals with a history of eye or brain diseases, or previous eye or eye muscle surgery, are not allowed to participate in this study. Individuals who are currently using eye medications also are not eligible for the study.


  • Participants will visit the National Eye Institute outpatient clinic for examination and testing.
  • Participants will be screened with a medical history and eye examination (including eye pressure and eye movement tests).
  • Participants with healthy eyes will participate in eye movement testing experiments:

    • One or more sessions lasting less than three hours each.
    • Eye movements will be recorded with either a special contact lens or a video/infrared camera system.
    • For the majority of the studies done under this protocol, only one or two sessions will be required. A few studies recording very small eye movements will require three or more sessions.

Healthy Volunteer

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Visual Motor Coordination

Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Eye movement/responses to visual stimuli [ Time Frame: Ongoing ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 100
Study Start Date: November 2007
Detailed Description:
This natural history study will investigate eye movements and other responses to visual stimuli in normal individuals (normal volunteers). This protocol replaces a similar protocol (80-EI-0093) which served the same purpose. Normal adult volunteers will be recruited and will undergo an eye exam to assure that there are no visual system problems. Volunteers will be studied in one or more sessions where eye movement, verbal or hand movement responses are recorded in response to visual stimuli.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
  • Participant must be a volunteer with no ocular, visual, or oculomotor problems.
  • Participant must be 18 years old or older.
  • Participant must be able to follow directions and actively pay attention to visual stimuli and respond as appropriate.
  • For studies which use the contact lens, participant must be able to tolerate a contact lens in either one or both eyes.


  • Participant has a history of ocular or visual diseases or diseases affecting the nervous system (including myasthenia, MS, etc.) or any diseases which might affect control of eye movements or affect vision.
  • Participant has had prior eye or eye muscle surgery.
  • Participant has a history of eye patching (amblyopia or lazy eye).
  • Participant currently uses eye drops or ocular medications.
  Contacts and Locations
Choosing to participate in a study is an important personal decision. Talk with your doctor and family members or friends about deciding to join a study. To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the Contacts provided below. For general information, see Learn About Clinical Studies.

Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00568243

Contact: Edmond J FitzGibbon, M.D. (301) 496-7144

United States, Maryland
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, 9000 Rockville Pike Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Contact: For more information at the NIH Clinical Center contact Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office (PRPL)    800-411-1222 ext TTY8664111010   
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Eye Institute (NEI)
Principal Investigator: Edmond J FitzGibbon, M.D. National Eye Institute (NEI)
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: National Eye Institute (NEI) Identifier: NCT00568243     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 080031  08-EI-0031 
Study First Received: December 4, 2007
Last Updated: August 31, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Visuomotor Integration
Visual Attention
Healthy Volunteer
HV processed this record on October 25, 2016