Clinical Trials

Clinical Research at RVC

Retina Vitreous Center is active in clinical research since 2013 and participating in various clinical trials sponsored by National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industry. We believe patient access to the newest treatment options helps us provide the highest level of care to our patients.

Many of our patients travel from far away locations in Oklahoma to participate in the latest treatments for sight threatening diseases.

Why should you participate in clinical trials? Read this article written by the NIH.

We are proud to be a part of is the DRCR Retina Network which was formed in September 2002 and currently includes over 115 participating sites with over 400 physicians throughout the United States. The DRCR Retina Network is funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The NEI is a part of the National Institutes of Health, which is the branch of government that funds medical research. Retina Vitreous Center has been nationally recognized for receiving the Quality research award for the year 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2020 by the DRCR Retina Network. RVC physicians have contributed clinically in multiple studies that were published in prestigious journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Ophthalmology and data of which was presented at national and international ophthalmology meetings. The results of these pivotal trials have affected the standard of care provided by retinal specialists across the world.

Dr. Shah, Dr Phelps, Dr. Ridges, Dr. Hood, and Dr. Grasic serve as investigators for one of the most active clinical retinal research centers in Oklahoma. They are excited to offer our patients novel treatments and approaches to retinal disease. Our surgeons have been the first in Oklahoma to perform gene therapy for wet age-related macular degeneration and place a sustained release device for wet age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Learn about our clinical trials by our links to their respective pages on

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Geographic Atrophy

Gale - link

Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD)

Portal - link
Shore - link

Diabetic Macular Edema

Pagoda - link
Photon - link

Actively Recruiting Clinical Trials

Geographic Atrophy

Aurion - link

Neovascular Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Wet AMD)

Ascent - link
Atmosphere - link
Kyowa-002 - link
DRCR Protocol AO - link

Diabetic Macular Edema

Kyowa-003 - link

Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Dry AMD)

Honu - link

If you are patient interested in participating in our ongoing clinical trials or if you are monitor looking for a suitable site to consider participation in a new clinical trial, we appreciate you reaching us: Contact Information: Phone: (406) 607-6699 Email:

If you are research coordinator interesting in joining our growing team, please send your CV and cover letter to