Prevalence and Causes of Visual Impairment and Blindness in Chinese American Adults

  • The point of this study is to determine the age- and sex-specific prevalence and causes of visual impairment and blindness in adult Chinese Americans and to compare the prevalence to other racial/ethnic groups.

  • Exactly 4,582 Chinese American adults who were all 50 years and older underwent complete ophthalmologic examinations, including measurement of presenting and best-corrected visual acuity.

  • The prevalence of vision impairment and blindness was higher in older Chinese Americans compared with younger.

  • The primary causes of vision impairment were cataracts and myopic retinopathy; the primary cause of blindness was myopic retinopathy.

Publication date

May 31, 2016


JAMA Ophthalmology

Sponsor Institution

National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, and Research to Prevent Blindness


Rohit Varma, Jeniffer S. Kim, Bruce S. Burkemper, Ge Wen, Mina Torres, Chunyi Hsu, Farzana Choudhury, Stanley P. Azen and Roberta McKean-Cowdin
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