Overall, women are 12% more likely to have vision loss than men
and there is no simple, single reason for this, rather it stems from multiple different causes.
This was reported during a Cybersight webinar: Women Leaders in Eye Health.
The webinar examined global gender inequities in visual health and blindness, as well as the impact of gender bias in the workplace.
The panel was led by Dr. Lucia Silva (Guatemala), Dr. Angela Fernandez (Colombia), Dr. Keith Carter (USA) and Prof. Dr. Ciku Mathenge (Rwanda).
An unfortunate truth It’s unfortunate (but true) that more often, women suffer from diseases that cause blindness than men.
Sometimes this is due to cultural gender roles, like women’s responsibility in childcare, ลาวสามัคคี วีไอพี
which results in women being more likely to contract disease from children.
Poor eye health can also be due to biological and hormonal factors, sometimes linked to pregnancy or menopause.
A further factor is that life expectancy, all over the world, is higher for women than for men — diseases such as cataract, glaucoma and presbyopia all increase in likelihood with age.
Potentially the largest issue is getting women access to available services. Women are less likely to be prioritized
by the community, resulting in a fear of the unknown and a feeling they are not worthy of treatment.
Older women (especially) are the most likely to suffer from blindness — but are also often the least prioritized members of the community.
This means they are forced to suffer poor visual health, even if treatment is available.
In many countries, women have only limited influence over decision making, both at a community and national level, meaning their needs are not prioritized.
Women are less likely to be able to travel independently than men, sometimes because
they require an escort to move around outside the home or potentially because they need to organize alternative childcare.
Women are less likely to be literate and educated enough to understand what is happening and to know that their illness can
be treated — the highest levels of blindness are found in the areas with the highest levels of illiteracy.
Finally, there is the issue of financial independence — women are less likely to have access to their own finances
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