Vold Vision - Dr. McFarland - FDA Research Facility
Vold Vision conducts clinical research 'cause we made a commitment to offer the latest and best technology for our patients. I'm able to do that ... we have access to a lot of things that other physicians aren't able to offer. Research is critical in any medical field at all, but in eyecare, of course, there are a multitude of diseases, such as glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration that do not have a cure yet and so, the hope is to find a care for these diseases so that we can take care of people earlier or offer better procedures or pharmaceutical therapy for them. Vold Vision is an FDA approved clinical research facility. In order to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration, we had to go through a significant certification process. In order to do that, they have to come in, inspect the facilities, they audit the practice and audit the charts and make sure that we're doing everything correctly. We've conducted dozens of clinical trials. A very popular clinical trial was called the Compass Study that was for the Cypass Micro-Stent and it's an available treatment now for our glaucoma patients. It allows for a faster recovery time, no sutures, they're back on their feet very, very quickly, unlike some of the older glaucoma procedures. Since we've done so many, actually a lot of companies in the FDA and people will come to us and that way we have a lot of options when it comes to clinical trials and we're able to pick the best ones. We want the ones that are most beneficial for the patient and the ones that will deliver long-term success for the patient. I enjoy clinical research more than anything at Vold Vision because we're able to be on the very front end of a product or a pharmaceutical device or something of that nature and we get to see it go from being part of a clinical trial to helping people across the country.