Eye-care America recently launched its Glaucoma Awareness Campaign targeted at Florida's four million Hispanics.
During the press conference, Eye-care America volunteers discussed the findings of The National Americans Eye Health and Eye Disease Survey. The study, conducted for the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, found that 76% of Hispanics did not know their ethnicity was a risk factor for glaucoma. Previous studies substantiate those findings significantly. For example, the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study reported that glaucoma is undiagnosed in 75% of Hispanics who have it.
The Glaucoma Awareness Campaign promotes early detection and treatment of glaucoma by raising awareness of risk factors, providing educational materials, and facilitating access to a free eye examination. For more information, call 800/391-3937.