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The Sarasota Retina Institute researches, diagnoses and treats diseases of the Retina, Optic Nerve and Orbit. Sarasota Retina Institute has been internationally recognized for treating complex eye problems such as Macular Degeneration, Retinal Detachments, Diabetic and Thyroid-Related Eye Diseases, Strabismus, Optic Nerve Diseases, Ocular Trauma and infections.

The Institute also performs Low Vision evaluations for patients with Advanced Eye Disease severely limiting their vision and quality of life, click here for more information.

The Institute is currently participating in the following national clinical trials to enhance knowledge, evaluate and treat people with the latest drugs and devises to improve their vision problems.

Diabetic Retinopathy:


A study to evaluate the pill Fenofibrate to prevent diabetic retinopathy worsening in diabetics 18-80 years of age.


A study to evaluate Diopsys retinal equipment usage in the diagnosis and treatment of patients, less than 80 years of age, with diabetic retinopathy on current treatment.


Blood Draw and Tear Collection Studies: 

BioIVT       SeraTrials-05035

Blood draws and tear collections for a number of different diagnoses such as diabetic macular edema, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, macular degeneration, dry eyes, giant cell arteritis, and other conditions.



VEGA-1       OPI-NYXP-201

This study uses eyedrops to treat patients, ages 40-64, who need to use reading glasses.

Wet Macular Degeneration:

SAD       UBX1325-01 study

For patients with wet macular degeneration, newly diagnosed, or previously diagnosed but not currently on treatment.

COAST       OPT-302-1005 (starting soon)


Diabetic Macular Edema:

SAD       UBX1325-01 and UBX1325-02

For patients with diabetic macular edema, newly diagnosed or previously diagnosed, but not currently on treatment.


Implantable Miniature Telescope:

IMT Post Approval
A study following patients being implanted with the IMT for end-stage macular degeneration.

Sarasota Retina Institute also collaborates with Florida Cancer Specialists and Roskamp Institute as ophthalmologists for their clinical trials.

If you are interested in finding out if you might be a candidate for one of our studies, please contact us at (941) 921-5335.