Most common causes of visual Impairment Blacks/Whites: Macular Degeneration, glaucoma, uncorrected refractive error (Baltimore Eye Survey) Hispanics: glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy (LALES, Proyecto VER) Whites: Macular degeneration (Beaver Dam Study) Japan, Korea, India, Africa, Caribbean
Northwest Tribal Vision Project Purpose: Pilot study: To determine the prevalence of eye diseases in NW Native Americans To determine if a screening protocol is as accurate as a full eye exam in an ophthalmologist’s office Funding: American Glaucoma Society, National Eye Institute, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
What is the Prevalence of Eye disease in Native Americans? Vision is the second leading cause of impairment Studies in Native Americans have been chart reviews or convenience Samples Navajo/Pima: diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, and trauma Alaskan Eskimos: angle closure glaucoma
Proportion with Visual Impairment/Blindness 6.9% (20/288) with visual Impairment of the better eye with correction (20/40 vision or worse) 21% (61/288) visual impairment without correction 0.9% (3/288) Blind in the better seeing eye (20/200 or worse) Greater than U.S. population (Haymes, et al Ophthalmic Epi 2009)
Differences Exist in AI/AN anatomy and Eye Disease OD Vertical C/D = /-.18 (range ) One person (0.3%) had IOP > 21 mm Hg (95%CI=0-1.0%) 15 (6.2%) participants had glaucomatous optic discs and visual fields (95%CI= %). None with an IOP greater than 20 mm Hg.
Source: Genetree.com american-test.asp ? Differences also exist within AI/AN
Summary Vision problems are the second leading cause of impairment in AI/AN Uncorrected refractive error, cataract, and retinal diseases were the most common causes of visual impairment A rare form of glaucoma was more common in AI/AN Differences in eye problems occur even between AI/AN in different regions Research to determine the factors related to disparities in eye problems in AI/AN are needed