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Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma In Individuals Of African Descent: A Review Of Risk Factors

Rebecca J Salowe, J. Salinas, Neil H Farbman, A. Mohammed, Joshua Zubin Warren, A. Rhodes, A. Brucker, Meredith Regina, E. Miller-Ellis, P. Sankar, A. Lehman, J. O'Brien
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Objective To identify the major risk factors for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) in individuals of African descent. Methods We searched PubMed for relevant articles, with results spanning April 1947 to present. All abstracts were reviewed and, where relevant to POAG and race, articles were catalogued and analyzed. Additional sources were identified through citations in articles returned by our search. Results Numerous potential POAG risk factors were identified and organized into categories by demographics (age, sex, and skin color), lifestyle choices (smoking, alcohol), comorbidities (hypertension, diabetes, and obesity), ophthalmic findings (eye structure, central corneal thickness, corneal hysteresis, elevated intraocular pressure, myopia, cataract, and vascular abnormalities), family history, socioeconomic status, and adherence. Older age, male sex, lower central corneal thickness, decreased corneal hysteresis, elevated intraocular pressure, myopia, vascular abnormalities, and positive family history were definitively associated with increased risk of POAG. Conclusions Individuals at greatest risk for POAG should be screened by an ophthalmologist to allow earlier detection and to slow disease progression. Further studies on the genetics of the disease will provide more insight into underlying pathologic mechanisms and could lead to improved therapeutic interventions. Continued research in urban areas with large populations of blacks is especially needed.
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