Culturally Diverse Groups Are at Higher Risk for Vision Conditions, Transitions Study Shows

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PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Culturally diverse populations such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Asian Americans are at high risk for diabetes and related vision conditions, yet are not taking the proper steps to care for their eyes, according to new research released by Transitions Optical.

The company cited a recent report by Prevent Blindness America indicating that there has been an increase over the past decade in cases of visual impairment or blindness in American adults, including an 89 percent increase in vision conditions related to diabetes. This increase is the result of a national diabetic epidemic in general; however, it is also likely connected to the increase of culturally diverse populations in the U.S., who are at higher risk for the disease.

Despite a higher risk for health and vision issues, a research study supported by Transitions Optical suggests that culturally diverse groups have lower awareness of the need for preventative care. Surprisingly, two out of three Americans do not know that their ethnicity is a risk factor for developing eye health issues.

"At Transitions Optical, we are continuously working to educate consumers of all ethnicities and backgrounds about the importance of taking care of their eyes," said Manuel Solis, multicultural marketing manager, Transitions Optical. "Through these findings, we realize that there is an even greater need to encourage people to schedule regular, comprehensive eye exams and wear proper UV-blocking eyewear all year-round."

Transitions Optical has developed a website, www.healthysightforlifefund.com, that offers consumers information about how to maintain eye health, the risks of developing vision conditions among culturally diverse groups and how to protect your vision.