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Research Project:  Investigation of a New Clinical Method of Measuring Amplitude of Accommodation

Please help in this vision research project.
I am studying eyesight in a scientific research project at London South Bank University and the Institute of Optometry, and I'm looking for people to volunteer for the project, and you are invited.  First it is important to see what it will involve, so please read the following information and discuss it with others if you wish.  Ask me if there is anything in it that is not clear or if you would like to know more. 
What is the purpose of the study?
It is to study the extent of accommodation, which is how the eye automatically focuses at different distances.  This project is to compare different ways of measuring accommodation, to find out which is the best way.  I hope that this will help people to see more clearly.  The research has begun and is expected to run until early in 2015.
Who can take part?
People who are between 18 and 43 years of age and can see quite well with or without spectacles or contact lenses.
If you decide to take part you will be asked to sign the University's consent form before you start and you will be given a signed copy of it.  You will be free to withdraw at any time and without giving a reason.  A decision to withdraw at any time, or a decision not to take part, will not affect the standard of your vision care.
What will taking part be like?

-     It will be for two separate sessions each of less than an hour, at times to suit you within the advertised opening hours of the practice.
-     The research will be in the optician - optometrist practice David Hillel, 119 High Road, London N2 8AG
-     It will be comfortable, not strenuous at all, with no side-effects.  You will not be asked to use any drugs or eyedrops.
-     It will be unpaid but refreshments and agreed expenses such as for public transport within five miles will be available.  
If you wear spectacles or contact lenses it is best, though not essential, to bring them, and you are welcome to bring a companion.  You will be asked your date of birth and brief contact details, and to sign the consent form.  Then I will look at one eye from arm's length with an optician's measuring torch shining a small light for a few seconds.  After that, I will ask you to read a few letters with the other eye covered, to check how each eye focuses.  (If this shows anything unusual, which is very unlikely, I will advise you to see an appropriate eyecare practitioner about it and you may still continue to take part if you wish).

This will be followed by your reading letters on a small, simple, hand-held chart, and another chart in a simple holder rested lightly on the cheeks, a few times.  This will be while wearing spectacles with removable lenses, like the ones often used by optometrists in their normal work. 

The second session will be more than a week after the first session  It will involve repeating the letter-reading measurements from the first session (except the lens-assisted measurements) and some of those will be with a different optometrist.  There will also be some readings using a tabletop instrument that measures the eye’s focussing by the participant simply looking through a window in it.

Everyone who completes the research will be entered for the free prize draw for an iPad Mini with two runner-up prizes of a pair of classic RayBan sunspecs.  Winners will be notified after the experimental work finishes.  It is hoped that the draw will take place at the East Finchley Christmas Festival in 2015.
What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
This has been given careful consideration and no disadvantages or risks have been identified except that participants will be giving up their time.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
You would contribute to improvement in the care of eyesight, and you may win a prize.
What if something goes wrong?
If you have a complaint or confidential problem related to this research please contact either my supervisor, Professor Bruce Evans, Institute of Optometry, 56-62 Newington Causeway, London. SE1 6DS, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;  or University Research Ethics Committee Chair, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
Yes.  All of the information collected by this research will be kept strictly confidential.  All data shared with any other person or organisation will have name and address removed, so that you cannot be recognised from it, and all records will be erased on Jan 1 2019.  
What will happen to the results?
I hope that the overall results will be published in academic journals for eyesight care.
Who has reviewed the project?
Two Research Ethics Committees:  that of London South Bank University, and that of the Institute of Optometry

Contact for further information
If you would like to take part or if you would like more specific information, please contact me.  I am in the optician's by the zebra crossing, at 119 High Road, East Finchley, London N2 8AG, tel 0208 444 2233 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  
Thank you for reading this and I hope you will consider it at leisure, discuss it with others if you wish, and then decide if you would like to book a research appointment.  If you have left your contact details and I have not heard from you after a week, I may contact you once more to ask if you are interested in participating. If you say no, or don’t reply to my message, I promise not to bother you again!

Yours sincerely

David Hillel Burns  BSc(hons)  MSc  DCLP  MPhil  FCOptom
Optometrist, registered with the General Optical Council since 1974, and LSBU professional doctorate student