Vision Conditions in the Hispanic Community

Vision and eye care are critical to maintaining eye health and preventing visual impairment; however, poor knowledge of ocular risk factors and poor exposure to eye health information may hinder people from receiving the care they need.

The Hispanic/Latino population in the United States has some of the highest rates of vision loss and blindness caused by eye disease — and unfortunately, these rates are getting higher.1  Latinos have higher rates of developing visual impairment, blindness, diabetic eye disease, and cataracts than non-Hispanic whites, according to the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), which was supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.2

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In a few studies on eye health knowledge conducted among Hispanic/Latino individuals, it was found that they knew the least about general eye health compared with members of all racial/ethnic groups in the country. Studies on specific ocular diseases showed poor knowledge among Hispanic/Latino people as well as among older individuals and those with lower educational attainment.2

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The good news is that comprehensive dilated eye exams can find many of these eye diseases early, when they’re often easier to treat.

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References

  1. Eye Health Among Hispanics/Latinos, “National Eye Institute,  https://www.nei.nih.gov/learn-about-eye-health/outreach-resources/eye-health-among-hispanicslatinos#:~:text=The%20Hispanic%2FLatino%20population%20in,include%20diabetic%20retinopathy%20and%20glaucoma. Accessed 2/29/24
  2. U.S. Latinos Have High Rates of Developing Vision Loss and Certain Eye Conditions,” National Institutes of Health, https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/us-latinos-have-high-rates-developing-vision-loss-certain-eye-conditions
  3. McClure LA, Tannenbaum SL, Zheng DD, Joslin CE, Perera MJ, Gellman MD, Arheart KL, Lam BL, Lee DJ. Eye Health Knowledge and Eye Health Information Exposure Among Hispanic/Latino Individuals: Results From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. JAMA Ophthalmol. 2017 Aug 1;135(8):878-882. doi: 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.1998. PMID: 28662239; PMCID: PMC5817974. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5817974/