Prevalence of Uncorrected Refractive Error 14.6 Percent in Black Americans

Overall, 14.6 percent of African Americans aged 40 years and older have uncorrected refractive error (UCRE), according to a study published online Feb. 22 in JAMA Ophthalmology.

Nathan Dhablania, from the Southern California Eye Institute in Los Angeles, and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional study to examine the burden of and risk factors associated with any UCRE and unmet refractive need (URN) in a population-based sample of self-identified African American participants aged 40 years or older. Participants underwent a complete ophthalmic examination and an in-home administered questionnaire; 6,347 participants completed both, and 6,337 with complete refractive error data were included in the analysis.

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