Clinical Vision Research Center, SUNY College of Optometry

Center Information

Dr. Kristen Fry, OD, MS, FAAO
Director, Clinical Vision Research Center
Clinical Vision Research Center, SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036


Currently Enrolling Trials

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Therapeutic Areas


Performance Metrics

Number of Studies Conducted: 37
Number of Active Patients in the Database: 2200
Regulatory Submission Turn-Around Time: 3 Business Day(s)


The Clinical Vision Research Center (CVRC) at the SUNY College of Optometry partners with industry, foundations and government agencies to conduct patient-based eye and vision research. The CVRC provides a dynamic research environment where advanced treatments can be rapidly tested and applied to enhance patient care. The CVRC’s unique capabilities include patient recruitment and project management, as well as the focused ability to deliver on a wide range of optometric and ophthalmic research studies. When working together with the SUNY University Eye Center (UEC), which has a large and ethnically diverse patient base this, gives us the ability to meet many recruiting requirements.


The CVRC's core research team is comprised of trained and licensed clinician researchers and clinical research support staff. The CVRC works closely with the University Eye Center (UEC), the patient-care clinic of the SUNY College of Optometry. The UEC boasts an interdisciplinary team of over 80 licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists, as well as nurses, social workers, and healthcare aides. In addition to our current faculty involved in clinical and translational research, the CVRC can bring in additional licensed clinicians or basic science researchers with topical expertise as needed.

Research Areas:

  • Binocular Vision, Amblyopia, and Strabismus
  • Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Contact lenses and lens care products
  • Dry Eye
  • Red Eye
  • Glaucoma
  • Low Vision
  • Myopia
  • Ocular Disease
  • Optics
  • Pediatric Studies
  • Presbyopia
  • Sports Vision
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Visual Neuroscience
  • Visual Psychophysics

Our clinical research trials have included the following industry sponsors: Alcon, Eleven Biotherapeutics, Essilor, Heidelberg Engineering, Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Inc., Kala Pharmaceuticals, Shire, Smart Vision Labs, Topcon.


The CVRC is located in Midtown Manhattan, a transportation hub for all five NYC boroughs. The CVRC has designated research exam rooms, special testing areas, state-of-the-art diagnostic and testing equipment, locked storage areas, lab space, and private subject interview areas to facilitate all protocol and compliance needs.


Our clinical investigators are internationally known leaders in their fields.
  • Alexandra Benavente Perez, PhD, MCOptom - Visual development and myopia control
  • Benjamin Backus, PhD - Amblyopia, visual perception
  • Kenneth Ciuffreda, OD, PhD - Abnormal oculomotor systems/head trauma
  • Mitchell W. Dul, OD, MS - Glaucoma & imaging device technology
  • Danielle Iacono, OD - Primary eye care and contact lenses
  • Sharon Keh, OD - Cornea and contact lenses
  • Daniel Laby, MD – Sports and performance vision
  • Tracy Nguyen, OD, PhD - Cornea disease and contact lenses
  • Mark Rosenfield, MCOptom, PhD - Myopia and retinal defocus
  • Erica Schulman, OD - Pediatrics and visual rehabilitation
  • Marilyn Vricella, OD - Pediatric binocular vision
  • Xiaoying Zhu, OD, MS, MD - Emmetropization, myopia and control


In addition to the Director, the CVRC has an experienced and dedicated staff of research professionals. The staff includes an associate director, 2 research coordinators, 5 research optometrists, and a medical director (MD). The College also provides additional regulatory and finance administrative support.

Kristen Fry, OD, MS
Research Center Director, 18 Years of Clinical Research Experience

L. Wayne Spencer, CCRC
Associate Director, 17 Years of Clinical Research Experience

Valerie Leung, BOptom
Office Manager/Research Coordinator, 3 Years of Clinical Research Experience

Krystle Kang, BS
Research Coordinator, 2 Years of Clinical Research Experience

Furthermore, each member of our study staff has received formal training in:

  • Good Clinical Practices (GCP)
  • Protecting Human Research Participants
  • Conflict of Interest


The University Eye Center, our patient care facility, provides more than 75,000 patient visits annually and attracts people from New York City and the surrounding areas. Our location and national reputations attracts research participants from a variety of racial and ethnic backgrounds, and ranging in age from childhood to the elderly.


The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has accredited SUNY College of Optometry’s human subject research program. The CVRC has the ability to work with SUNY's local Institutional Review Board (IRB) or with external IRBs.

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