Rhegmatogenous retinal detachments in blacks

Ann Ophthalmol. 1978 Jun;10(6):799-806.


Primary rhegmatogenous retinal detachment is probably much less common in blacks than whites. We reviewed 100 consecutive black patients with retinal detachment who were seen over a 3 year period, and compared them to a randomly selected group of 100 whites seen during the same period. Trauma was the most common cause of detachment in blacks (52%), but was a relatively uncommon cause in whites (12%). Posterior vitreous detachment was the most frequent etiology of detachment in whites (47%), but was rare in blacks (15%). Aphakia was the second most common etiology in whites (30%), while it was relatively uncommon in blacks (13%). Myopia and/or lattice was a more frequent associated finding in blacks with detachment (19%), than in whites (9%). These findings are discussed and the literature reviewed.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • African Americans*
  • Aged
  • Aphakia, Postcataract / complications
  • Child
  • Eye Diseases / complications
  • Eye Injuries / complications
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myopia / complications
  • Pennsylvania
  • Retinal Detachment / epidemiology*
  • Retinal Detachment / etiology
  • Vitreous Body