The American Academy of Ophthalmology released a few interesting facts about glaucoma as part of its commemoration of Glaucoma Awareness Month in January.
According to the Academy, certain categories of people may be at a higher risk for this disease which can lead to permanent and complete blindness. For example, if you are an African American, your risk of developing glaucoma is as much as 6 to 8 times higher than for white Americans. The reason for this increased risk for African Americans remain unclear, but it is believed that genetic differences play a part in this heightened susceptibility to this disease.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology also believes that Hispanics have as high a risk of glaucoma as African Americans. In fact, in Hispanics, the disease might progress even faster. Asians have an increased risk for the rarer types of the disease, including normal tension glaucoma and angle closure glioma glaucoma.