Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa - a Safety and Efficacy Multicenter Study

Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation for the Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa - a Safety and Efficacy NSR Device Study - A Multicenter Study


Lead Sponsor: Wills Eye

Collaborator: Okuvision GmbH

Source Wills Eye
Brief Summary

Several studies have shown that TES in RP patients may help to slow the progressive deterioration of this degenerative disease. The end point of this clinical trial is to slow or stop disease progression with weekly treatment using TES for 1 year.

Detailed Description

The following proposed study (ICM1TES/RP) will investigate the therapeutic aspects of transcorneal electrical stimulation (TES) on the eye in patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP). It will utilize the Okuvision TES system, a Wills Eye Hospital-sponsored FDA non-significant risk (NSR) medical device, OkuStim® (CE-marked OkuStim®) for the application of electrical stimulation directly to the eye via a corneal contact electrode.

Study Design - Multi-center, prospective, randomized sham controlled 1:1 Clinical trial.

Study treatments - Patients will be randomized in a 1:1 ratio. Patients in treatment group will have TES at 200% of phosphene threshold for 30 minutes once weekly for 52 weeks in both eyes. Patients in sham group will also wear electrodes on both eyes, but no energy is turned on and both eyes are sham.

Duration of study - anticipated duration is 36 months, 12 months for recruitment, 12 months for treatment and sham groups and followed for 18 months, plus 6 months for analysis.

Inclusion Criteria - Diagnosis of RP, 22-80 years of age, no other ocular disease, able to complete all visits.

Treatments - TES, 30 minute treatment weekly for 52 weeks at 0.8mA

Number of patients - 90 patients in treatment arm and 90 patients in sham arm. Electrodes will be placed on both eyes, both eyes will be treated in treatment group and in the sham group both eyes will be considered. However due to the possibility of drop out using 15% we will recruit 210 patients (15 patients per center).

Screening -

1. VA & Phosphene threshold evaluation

2. Vfiii4e, vfVe, Octopus 900, complete eye exam, fundus photo, OCT and Contrast sensitivity, electro-physiology.

3. Eligibility requirements met, then schedule baseline.

Tests - Base Line: VA, vfiii4e, vfVe, Octopus 900, complete eye exam, fundus photo, OCT, Contrast sensitivity, NEI VFQ-25, Photopic B-wave ERG, blood draw for genetic test (unless genetic profile has been done).

3 Month visit: VA, eye exam, Phosphene threshold, OCT & Photopic B-wave.

6 Month visit: VA, vfiii4e, vfVe, Octopus 900, complete eye exam, OCT & Contrast sensitivity, phosphine threshold & Photopic B-wave.

9 Month visit: VA, eye exam, Phosphene threshold, OCT & Photopic B-wave.

12 Month visit: VA, vfiii4e, vfVe, Octopus 900, complete eye exam, OCT & Contrast sensitivity, NEI VFQ-25, phosphene threshold & Photopic B-wave

18 Month visit: VA, vfiii4e, vfVe, Octopus 900, complete eye exam, OCT & Contrast sensitivity, NEI VFQ-25 & phosphene threshold & Photopic B-wave.

Overall Status Withdrawn
Start Date January 2019
Completion Date December 2020
Primary Completion Date December 2020
Phase N/A
Study Type Interventional
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Octopus vfiii4e (Progressive slowing of Visual Field deterioration) 76 weeks
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Visual acuity (VA) 76 weeks
Contrast sensitivity 76 weeks
NEI-VFQ-25 total score & subscores 53 weeks
Photopic b-wave ERG 76 weeks

Intervention Type: Device

Intervention Name: Transcorneal Electrical Stimulation using Okustim device

Description: The Okustim® stimulation device is a battery-powered electronic neuro-stimulator, which delivers a weak electrical pulse. This current is delivered to the eyes by the OkuStim® device using the "OkuEl®" electrodes, which are held in place via the "OkuSpex®" frame. In this study the treatment level will be held constant at 0.8 mA for all study subjects. After switching on the neuro-stimulator, the subject's retina will be stimulated through specific electrodes (OkuEl, held in position by the OkuSpex) worn on the face with the predetermined intensity and time period (delivered by the OkuStim device).



Inclusion Criteria:

1. Patients with Retinitis Pigmentosa.

2. Adult patients, 22-80 years of age, having provided written informed consent and HIPAA authorization.

3. LogMAR VA 1.00 or better in both eyes.

4. Octopus 900 Central Visual Field ≥10 degrees diameter around central fixation using stimulus sizes III4e and V4e in both eyes on kinetic testing.

5. Agree to discontinue Vitamin A use and no intake for at least 2 months prior to baseline visit.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Visual field loss as demonstrated by Octopus 900 kinetic perimetry as <10 deg of remaining central visual field using stimulus sizes III4e and V4e.

2. Due to distance or other reason, patients unable to travel to Philadelphia or respective centers for the treatment procedures and follow-up examinations.

3. Diabetic retinopathy

4. Ocular neovascularisation of any origin

5. After arterial or venous occlusion

6. After retinal detachment or any vitreoretinal surgery with or without implantation.

7. Silicone oil tamponade

8. Dry or exudative age-related macular degeneration

9. Macular edema involving the foveal center as determined by SD-OCT

10. All forms of glaucoma

11. Any form of corneal degeneration that reduces visual acuity

12. Systemic diseases that are difficult to control or manage, which could hinder regular attendance at follow-up examinations

13. Patients in a permanently poor general condition, which could hinder regular attendance at follow-up examinations

14. Patients in whom phosphenes are only inducible at greater than, but not including, 0.8 mA.

15. Forms of mental illness related to the bipolar affective and schizoid-affective disorders, epilepsy, and all forms of dementia

16. Simultaneous participation in another interventional study or history of interventions whose effect may still persist

17. Current pregnancy, or being a woman with childbearing potential who is unwilling to use medically acceptable means of birth control for the study duration, or a woman unwilling to perform a pregnancy test at study entry

18. Any patient can be excluded from the study as determined by the Principal Investigator.

Gender: All

Minimum Age: 22 Years

Maximum Age: 80 Years

Healthy Volunteers: No

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Leslie Hyman, PhD Study Director Wills Eye Hospital
Facility: Wills Eye Health System
Location Countries

United States

Verification Date

April 2019

Responsible Party

Type: Sponsor

Has Expanded Access No
Condition Browse
Number Of Arms 2
Arm Group

Label: Treatment group

Type: Experimental

Description: Subjects in the treatment group will undergo bilateral transcorneal electrical stimulation using OkuStim device once a week for fifty-two weeks

Label: Sham group

Type: Placebo Comparator

Description: Subjects in the Sham group will wear the OkuSpex and OkuEl (applied to cornea upon the lower lid) and be attached to the OkuStim device in the same manner as the treatment group, but will receive no electrical stimulation for the 30 minutes that the TES fiber is applied to the cornea (even though the device has been turned on) once a week for fifty-two weeks

Acronym TES/RP
Patient Data Yes
Study Design Info

Allocation: Randomized

Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment

Primary Purpose: Treatment

Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)