Ethnic Minorities Neglect Health; Survey

According to new research supported by Transitions Optical, Inc., two out of three minorities don’t know that their ethnicity could be putting them at higher risk, despite the fact that ethnic minorities are more likely than the general population to develop serious eye—and overall—health issues that can take a toll on their vision. The survey specifies its results for African American, Hispanic and Asian populations, as well as the “general population.”

Survey results suggest that ethnic minority groups may not be taking adequate steps to protect their vision. Less than four out of 10 Americans reported visiting their eye doctor within the past 12 months, with consistent responses across all demographic groups, Transitions said. Additionally, the survey confirmed low understanding of the dangers of ultraviolet (UV) radiation—with one in four Americans believing that it is only important to protect their eyes from UV rays during the spring and summer months. “Ethnic minorities, particularly Asians, were more likely than the general population to believe year-round UV protection isn’t necessary,” Transitions added.

Source: Vision Monday

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