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How does race affect age-related changes in eyesight?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
Although age-related changes in eyesight affect everyone, significant racial disparities exist when it comes to types of eye disease. In Americans older than 40, the leading cause of blindness in white people is age-related macular degeneration, while in black people it is cataract, and in Hispanic people it is glaucoma (a group of eye diseases that cause vision loss through damage to the optic nerve). This probably results from a combination of factors such as genetics, dietary patterns, and access to medical care.

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