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Screening protocol may detect eye disease in American Indian, Alaskan Native population


A specified ophthalmic screening protocol accurately detected eye disease in an American Indian and Alaskan Native population. However, the protocol needs to be tested in diverse populations with varying disease profiles, a study found.

Investigators randomly selected 429 American Indian and Alaskan Native participants from the northwestern region of the U.S. All patients were older than 40 years.

Twenty percent of the population was diabetic, 31.9% had hypertension, and 22.8% reported a history of eye disease.


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