Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma in African Americans

Academic Article


  • Primary open-angle glaucoma is more common and more refractory to treatment, with higher rates of blindness in patients of African descent. The reason for this differential burden of glaucoma is multifactorial and may include differences in socioeconomic characteristics, systemic risk factors, and ocular characteristics between African Americans and Caucasian Americans. This article will review the literature concerning this health disparity, concentrating on racial differences in ocular characteristics that may impart this increase risk of open-angle glaucoma.
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  • Girkin CA
  • Start Page

  • 43
  • End Page

  • 60
  • Volume

  • 44
  • Issue

  • 2