Ethnicity And Eyesight: See Your World.

Vision problems can affect anyone, but your ethnic background plays a large role as many ethnic minorities are at greater risk for some eye and general-health issues. Ethnic background and vision go hand in hand, with associated eye health issues presenting challenges to vision and quality of life for Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans and Caucasians alike.

Facts About Ethnic Background And Vision:

  • 2 out of 3 ethnic minorities don't know their ethnicity could be putting them at higher risk.
  • Less than 4 out of 10 ethnic minorities scheduled an eye exam within the past year.
  • Just 3.7% of Hispanics and 7.5% of African Americans know that UV rays can damage their eyes – compared to 10.1% of Caucasians.
  • Ethnic minorities are more likely to believe that UV eye protection is only important during the spring and summer months – and African Americans are the most likely to do nothing to protect their eyes from the sun.
  • While at higher risk for myopia, Asian Americans are the least likely to make an eye appointment when having trouble seeing far away – and the most likely to believe that wearing glasses can make their vision get worse.

Your world impacts your vision. Your vision impacts your world. That's why healthy sight is so important to all of us. Click on the appropriate links below for more information on ethnicity and eyesight and how it affects you and your world.

  • Hispanic Americans: at a higher risk for a number of eye diseases and conditions.
  • Asian Americans: at a higher risk for myopia
  • African Americans: at special risk for cataracts, glaucoma, diabetes and hypertension.
  • Caucasians: a major risk is age-related macular degeneration
  • Other: here again, age-related macular degeneration shows as a major risk.

The information seen here is for reference purposes only and is not intended as medical advice or to diagnose or prescribe any specific treatment(s). For all questions and concerns about your vision, eye health and potential eye problems, please consult an eyecare professional.

Special thanks to the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, for source material that aided in the creation of this website. Visit the NEI/NIH website.

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