April is National Minority Health Month


Did you know that ethnicity and race contribute to your risk for many ocular diseases and conditions?

Many minority populations are at a greater risk for common eye diseases and visual impairments.  The following are some statistics provided by Prevent Blindness America regarding the increased risks that minority populations face:

minority health african american2 out of 3 Americans don’t know that their ethnicity is a risk factor for developing eye health issues

Among African Americans, the leading causes of blindness are cataracts and glaucoma

3 to 5 times as many African Americans have glaucoma as Caucasians, and 4 times as many develop irreversible blindness from this disease

African Americans are at an increased risk for Type 2 Diabetes and Hypertension, and therefore are at an increased risk to develop diabetic and hypertensive retinopathy

African Americans are 1.5 times more likely to developed cataracts than the general population, and 5 times more likely to develop related blindness


minority health hispanic americanAmong Hispanic Americans, glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness

Hispanic Americans are also at a greater risk for Type  2 Diabetes and Hypertension, both of which can affect the eyes.

Hispanic Americans are at an increased risk for developing cataracts, as well as another U/V related a condition called Pterygia




minority health asian american familyAsian Americans also have an increased risk for glaucoma compared to the general population, and rates of narrow-angle glaucoma are higher in Asian Americans than any other racial group

Asian Americans are affected by nearsightedness at a rate of 80%

Many eye diseases and conditions have no early symptoms, and for many of the conditions mentioned above, early detection is the key to preventing irreversible vision loss.  At Southlands Vision Associates, we are dedicated to detecting these conditions.  Have you scheduled your annual vision examination?

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