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Doctors and scientists conducting macular hole research are looking at new ways to treat the condition -- namely, using silicon oil instead of a gas bubble to close the macular hole. In order to continue the search for more effective treatment methods, volunteer participation is vital. Patient who participate in research trials have the first chance to benefit from treatments that have shown promise in earlier macular hole research.

An Overview of Macular Hole Research

Doctors and scientists are hard at work conducting macular hole research. Macular hole research studies are designed to answer important questions and to find out whether new approaches are safe and effective. Macular hole research already has led to many advances, and researchers continue to search for more effective methods for dealing with macular holes.
 

Current Focus of Macular Hole Research

Macular hole research studies are being conducted to determine other treatments for macular holes. Currently, the research is looking at using silicon oil to close the macular hole instead of the gas bubble that is being used now. However, no definite conclusions have been reached at this time.
 

Potential Benefits of Participation in Macular Hole Research

In order for macular hole research to be conducted, volunteers are needed. Patients who join macular hole research studies have the first chance to benefit from macular hole treatments that have shown promise in earlier research. They also make an important contribution to medical science by helping doctors learn more about macular holes. Although macular hole research trials may pose some risks, researchers take very careful steps to protect their patients. Talk to your doctor if you'd like more information about macular hole clinical trials.
 
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