Last updated on March 2019

Timing of Low Vision Rehabilitation in Anti- Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) Therapy

Brief description of study

The purpose of this research is to collect preliminary data in preparation for conducting a randomized clinical trial to determine the relative effectiveness of vision rehabilitation in improving overall visual ability (primary aim) and reducing depression (secondary aim) in patients receiving anti-VEGF therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration integrated over time.

Detailed Study Description

This is a pilot study to understand the feasibility of conducting a randomized, controlled trial regarding the timing for vision rehabilitation in patients receiving anti-VEGF therapy for neovascular age-related macular degeneration. Prior to initiating the clinical trial, the investigators must be assured that patients with loss in visual ability are willing to be randomized and amenable to deferring vision rehabilitation intervention. Although it is typical for patients receiving usual care to present for vision rehabilitation services years after the onset of anti-VEGF therapy, this manifestation may result from patients being unaware of the existence of vision rehabilitation services to enhance function and reduce depression. As part of the study recruitment, patients will be informed about vision rehabilitation care and, if suffering with difficulty performing everyday activities, they may be unwilling to defer vision rehabilitation. Additionally, the study design may not be feasible to answer the aim should patients in the delayed intervention arms suffer progressive loss in visual ability and seek vision rehabilitation services, resulting in a high drop-out rate.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03065907

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