Health Issues For Caucasian Americans.

Eye Health Issues

Caucasian American

Age-Related Macular Degeneration is an eye disease that painlessly destroys sharp, central vision. It is the leading cause of blindness among Caucasians 40+, and is more common among women. Family history, obesity, smoking and sun exposure are risk factors in this and other eye health conditions.

Cataracts is an eye disease that involves the clouding of the outer lens of the eye. While it is more common among Hispanics and African Americans, Caucasians are also at risk. Cataract is more common with age and among women and people with diabetes. Family history, smoking and sun exposure are also risk factors.

General Health Issues

Diabetes, which can be detected through an eye exam, can cause blurred vision. Over time, it can lead to diabetic retinopathy, and can increase risk for developing cataract and glaucoma.

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, can sometimes be detected through an eye exam. It can lead to hypertensive retinopathy, which causes blurry vision and even blindness. Hypertension affects 1 in 3 Americans.

Just 35% of Caucasian Americans had an eye exam within the past year. Additionally, only one in 10 know that extended exposure to the sun can damage the eyes.

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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