Providing cataract, eye surgery, eye disease and eye care problem information in Spanish is recognized as an important part of today’s eye health and vision patient education process. According to results from the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), Hispanics have higher rates of developing visual impairment, blindness, diabetic eye disease, and cataracts than non-Hispanic whites. The risk for glaucoma in Latinos is four times higher than it is in whites, and three times higher in Latinos who have siblings with glaucoma compared to those without any family history of glaucoma. Most importantly, the study found 75 percent of the Latinos with glaucoma were unaware of their eye disease, and almost half of all Latinos with diabetes had diabetic retinopathy.
Fairfield County Cornea, Cataract & LASIK Surgeon Leslie Doctor, M.D. “This is a pretty good indication of how important it is for us to provide Spanish language information about eye diseases, eye surgery and eye health conditions that have a higher predilection for the Hispanic community. From our reception desk to our associate Ophthalmologists, we have simply integrated Spanish speaking staff to make these discussions about cataract surgery, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma that much more effective.”
Galveston and Houston Cataract & LASIK Surgeon. “We tend to be pretty fluent in Spanish presentations about their eyes and especially when we are discussing eye surgery such as cataract surgery and lens implants, LASIK or glaucoma treatment. Even for routine eye exams for Houston patients, if we can help patients be better patients by engaging them in clinical decisions we find it to be quite beneficial.”