CASE STUDY: making research more relevant through patient involvement

The macula is the central area at the back of the eye necessary for seeing fine detail and for reading. Sometimes a hole can develop in the macular which impaires vision and for which surgery is reccomended. 

The PIMS (Positioning In Macular hole Surgery) trial, a large randomised controlled trial, to answer the question of whether the act of 'positioning' after macular hole surgery improves repair of larger macular holes.

Patients have been instrumental in informing the design of this research.