Ethnicity and Eyesight

October 11, 2016

Ethnicity and Eyesight

We live in a world where we are able to celebrate a colourful variety of cultures, beliefs, and languages. This is known as ethnicity. Each ethnicity is unique as it refers specifically to your roots. Your Ethnicity can also be very telling concerning health and disease. That’s because each ethnicity has its own predisposition to developing certain health issues based on gene makeup.

In simple terms, your ethnicity may mean that you are more like to develop certain diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, or a wide range of other health issues. Your ethnic heritage can also affect your risk for different kinds of vision problems.

According to recent studies in the USA different ethnicities have a higher likelihood of developing different vision problems. We are not suggesting in any way that you will definitely be affected by these diseases but merely making you aware of any gene related issues that you could perhaps prevent from progressing in the future. That means staying on top of your yearly eye exams and doing any other preventative tests you can to make sure that if you do develop an issue, it’s caught early.

Now, let’s look at a few of the highest population ethnicity groups in the United States and discuss the specific vision issues each is at a higher risk of developing:


Cataracts and glaucoma are two eye diseases that African-Americans have a higher risk of developing over time.

Additionally, there is a higher risk of diabetes.

Hispanic American

Cataracts and glaucoma are considered higher risk issues for this group

Hispanic Americans also have a higher chance of developing pterygium and diabetes than other populations. Pterygium is a non-cancerous growth on the white tissue in the eyeball.

Asian American

The main eye issue that Asian Americans are most likely to develop is myopia, or nearsightedness.


A major risk is age-related macular degeneration which is an eye disease that painlessly destroys sharp, central vision


Here again, age-related macular degeneration shows as a major risk.

Now while this might not be South African specific, you can see how important it is to be have a clear understanding of your ethnicity and how it could have an effect on your vision problems.

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Source:                   How Ethnicity Effects Our Eyes:
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