The most common eye diseases and conditions that affect African Americans include cataract, diabetic eye disease, glaucoma, and low vision. Many of these diseases and conditions do not have noticeable symptoms in their early stages, but they can be detected through a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Treatment is most effective when an eye disease is diagnosed early.
Why is it important to raise awareness about eye diseases and conditions among African Americans?
African Americans have some of the highest rates of vision impairment and blindness due to eye disease. Unfortunately, too many African Americans do not get regular, comprehensive dilated eye exams that could help save their sight. The prevalence of eye disease among this population is high and is projected to grow even more in the next decade.