Getting Involved

Study Volunteers

These trials, which are an essential part of the Institute's research activities to improve eye care, rely heavily on the invaluable contributions of volunteer participants.

The VRI will be conducting numerous clinical studies every year for the global eyecare industry. Most studies will require 10–100 people to wear either well-known brands or developmental products for a specific time varying between 1 day up to a year or more.

We frequently require volunteers to participate in our studies. Mostly, we will require experienced contact lens wearers but also will need those that are eyeglass wearers and occasionally even those that don't seem to have vision problems.

How to Get Involved

If you are interested in becoming a study volunteer, or are wondering if you qualify for any study we currently have going, please add your details to our registration form and we will contact you immediately to discuss this process. There is no age restriction to signing up for a study volunteer. For example, we are presently involved in research projects from 8 to 70 years old.

For some of these studies there is a nominal financial payment upon completion. Others may provide free products. Throughout, you will have access to expert treatment and eye care at the Michigan College of Optometry.

Of most importance, you will be helping others through clinical vision research, contributing to the development of future eyecare products and techniques for improved vision correction.