Prevent Blindness America and Transitions Optical, Inc. have introduced a new report which overviews the serious eye health risks faced by African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanics. It is intended to serve as both a resource and call-to-action for government agencies, policymakers, organization leaders and patient advocates to make eye health education among these groups a national priority.
More than 70 percent of Hispanics and Asian Americans speak another language at home, with most preferring access to bilingual materials. While there are many ways to promote eye health among culturally diverse populations, the first step is to understand what the main risks and needs are for each population, says the report. A number of resources, such as the one below, are available to help you learn more:
• HealthySightForLife.org – The Transitions Healthy Sight for LifeTM Fund provides eye health education and resources in both English and Spanish. A healthy sight risk assessment allows users to enter their age and ethnicity to learn more about their risks.
For more resources and to download the full report, please click here.