There are some people from certain ethnic backgrounds who are more susceptible to glaucoma. The African American people are found to be diagnosed with glaucoma more than any other ethnic groups.
There is no clear indication as to why only the blacks are more susceptible to it. They develop glaucoma even at a young age and easily experience damage to vision. They also develop the complicated narrow angled glaucoma.
A recent research shows that one out of every 100 African American people who are above the age of 40 has glaucoma. The same applies to Caucasians also. For the age group of people above 80 years, 11 out of every hundred African American people suffer from glaucoma. However, the same ratio drops to two out of hundred people for Caucasians.
Also, African Americans, who are aged between 45 years and 65 years, are more likely to go blind due to glaucoma. People from other ethnic backgrounds are in line with Caucasians perhaps, but not with the African American population. So, this makes the African American population more susceptible to glaucoma than any other race.
Some of the other factors that contribute to the condition are if a family member has the condition already, the chances of inheritance are high. People who suffer from diabetes have a higher chance of developing glaucoma. Also, people, who have nearsightedness, are more likely to get it, and some eye injuries can also increase the chances of causing glaucoma. However, the other reasons are not related to just the African American community as anyone can be faced with such conditions.
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