OCT 10, 2014
The purpose of ophthalmologic research is to prevent the onset of ocular disease, to improve treatment methods, and to gain a better understanding of the function of the visual system. Each of these goals implies a gap in our knowledge which remains to be filled. Thus, patients participating in a research study are treated by physicians who acknowledge that the optimal form of treatment is still unknown. Some would argue that this practice is in itself unethical, since the treatment may not benefit the patient. We endeavor to minimize patients risks and harm by utilizing Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and approve and review our research.
In researching emerging areas of medical treatment where recognized guidelines do not exist, the ophthalmologist should exercise careful judgment and take appropriate precautions to safeguard patient welfare. Appropriate informed consent for these procedures must recognize their special nature and ramifications.
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