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Pilot Study of a Homeopathic Therapy in Combination With Cyclosporin (Restasis) in the Treatment of Dry Eye Disease

2014-07-23 21:10:03 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The purpose of this study is to determine whether a homeopathic therapy in combination with cyclosporin (Restasis) is more effective than cyclosporin (Restasis) alone in the treatment of dry eye disease.

Description

Dry eye disease affects millions of people world-wide, and presents with symptoms of blurred vision, discharge from the eyes, eye discomfort, burning, redness, sandy and gritty feeling in the eyes, and sensitivity to light. Topical eye drops for eye lubrication (i.e., artificial tear solutions) and controlling ocular inflammation through the use of topical immunomodulatory agents (i.e., cyclosporine [Restasis]) have been shown to be effective for treating dry eye syndrome, but are not curative. Recently, we have evaluated a few patients who had discontinued using Restasis as they had obtained better relief of their dry eye symptoms with a homeopathic therapy.

Potential participants will undergo an eye examination consisting of medical history and physical examination (i.e., visual acuity, pupillary exam, examination of the lids, slit-lamp examination of the conjunctiva, cornea, anterior chamber, iris, and lens, and funduscopic examination). Participants qualifying for the study will then stop all eye medications and will use a common artificial tear solution for 2 weeks prior to the baseline examination. We will evaluate 4 measures of dry eyes at baseline and after 6 weeks of therapy: 1) tear film to break-up; 2) staining of the cornea by fluorescein stain; 3) measurement of tear production over 5 minutes by Schirmer's test; and 4) the Ocular Surface Disease Index (OSDI).

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Dry Eye Syndromes

Intervention

euphrasia based homeopathic therapy and cyclosporin, cyclosporin solution

Location

University of Missouri-Columbia, Mason Eye Institute
Columbia
Missouri
United States
65212

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of Missouri-Columbia

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-07-23T21:10:03-0400

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