The article “The Prevalence of Glaucoma in Young People” of the Gutenberg Health Study (1) is of great general interest, as glaucoma is a common disease that cannot always be successfully treated. The authors Cook and Foster (2) report that there are more than 60 million people (worldwide) with glaucomatous optic atrophy, and 8.4 million with glaucoma-related blindness.

It is to be assumed that the Gutenberg Health Study refers mainly to European Caucasians (i.e. to people from European countries). In the context of immigrants to Central Europe from Asian and African countries, data showing higher frequency of disease are expected, especially in Germany. For instance, people of Asian descent were found to be significantly more likely to have open-angle glaucoma than those of European descent (2).

DOI: 10.3238/arztebl.2017.0558a

Prof. Dr. med. Dieter Schmidt

Klinik für Augenheilkunde der Universität Freiburg

dieter.schmidt@uniklinik-freiburg.de

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The author declares that no conflict of interest exists.

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1.
Marx-Gross S, Laubert-Reh D, Schneider A, et al.: The prevalence of glaucoma in young people—findings of the population-based Gutenberg Health Study. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2017; 114: 204–10 VOLLTEXT
2.
Cook C, Foster P: Epidemiology of glaucoma: what’s new? Can J Ophthalmol 2012; 47: 223–6 CrossRef MEDLINE
3.
Cheng JW, Zong Y, Zeng YY, Wie RL: The prevalence of primary angle closure glaucoma in adult Asians: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One 2014; 9: e103222 CrossRef MEDLINE PubMed Central
1.Marx-Gross S, Laubert-Reh D, Schneider A, et al.: The prevalence of glaucoma in young people—findings of the population-based Gutenberg Health Study. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2017; 114: 204–10 VOLLTEXT
2.Cook C, Foster P: Epidemiology of glaucoma: what’s new? Can J Ophthalmol 2012; 47: 223–6 CrossRef MEDLINE
3.Cheng JW, Zong Y, Zeng YY, Wie RL: The prevalence of primary angle closure glaucoma in adult Asians: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One 2014; 9: e103222 CrossRef MEDLINE PubMed Central

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