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African Americans and Vision Loss: Glaucoma and Diabetes Increase the Risk

In a comprehensive article, “African Americans are losing their vision at a rapid pace; here’s how you can stay on top of your vision health,” The Voice of Black Cincinnati, states: “African Americans are 15 times more likely to suffer vision impairment caused by glaucoma than white Americans,” citing a Glaucoma Research Foundation survey. Additionally, diabetes affects 18.7% of Black Americans ages 20 and over, according to BlackDoctor.org and American Health Association data show that more than 40% of non-Hispanic Blacks have high blood pressure. “Unfortunately African Americans believe that vision loss is part of the aging process, and many do not seek medical care or support services as they should.” Eye care tips are included and resources available to benefit individuals with vision impairment live more independently, such as those of the Cincinnati Association for the Visually Impaired. For the full article: ” African American Eye Health