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Microcurrent Stimulation to Treat Macular Degeneration

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01790958
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : February 13, 2013
Last Update Posted : February 13, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Retina Institute of Hawaii

Brief Summary:
Microcurrent stimulation thereapy improves retinal efficiency and may restore and/or improve retinal function.

Condition or disease
Retinal Diseases Stargardt's Disease Retinitis Pigmentosa

Detailed Description:
This is an observational study in which data will be collected from a group of patients with retinal diseases such as Dry Macular Degeneration, RetinitisPigmentosa, and Stargardt's Disease, who have opted to receive Microcurrent Stimulation Therapy as an alternative treatment for their retinal condition.

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Study Type : Observational
Actual Enrollment : 50 participants
Observational Model: Case-Control
Time Perspective: Retrospective
Official Title: An Observational, Multi-Center Phase 1 Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of Frequency Specific Microcurrent Stimulation as an Alternative Treatment for Retinal Diseases
Study Start Date : June 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2012

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Measure visual acuity after receiving microcurrent stimulation treatments. [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients with retinal disease such as Age-Related Macular Degeneration, STargardt's Disease, and Retinitis Pigmentosa

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Ability to provide written consent and comply with follow up visits
  • Age 40 years or older
  • ETDRS best corrected visual acuity better than 5 letters
  • History of Dry Age Relted Macular Degeneration; Retinitis Pigmentosa; Stargardt's disease
  • No Anti-VEGF treatments for at least 3 months prior to study
  • No new antioxidant/vitamin supplementation for at least 3 months prior to study

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of Non-Compliance with regular medical visits
  • Significant media opacities (exclude NS 4+) that may interfere with assessing visual acuity
  • Presence of pigment epithelial tears or rips
  • Known serious allergies to fluorescein dye
  • Presence of retinal neovascularization
  • Any treatment with an investigation agent in the past 30 days

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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01790958

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United States, Hawaii
Hawaii Cataract Laser Institute - Hilo
Hilo, Hawaii, United States, 96720
Retina Institute of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States, 96815
Hawaii Cataract Laser Institute - Maui
Kahului, Hawaii, United States, 96732
Hawaii Cataract Laser Institute - Kona
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States, 96740
Sponsors and Collaborators
Retina Institute of Hawaii
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Principal Investigator: George Papastergiou, MD Retina Institute of Hawaii
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Responsible Party: Retina Institute of Hawaii Identifier: NCT01790958    
Other Study ID Numbers: RIH 1009
First Posted: February 13, 2013    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 13, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Retinitis Pigmentosa
Retinal Diseases
Stargardt Disease
Eye Diseases
Eye Diseases, Hereditary
Retinal Dystrophies
Retinal Degeneration
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Macular Degeneration