Impaired Sight, Often Unseen

Uncorrected vision impairment takes an outsized toll on women in low- and middle-income countries.

The hazards of traditional roles are part of the reason—such as hygiene risks of child care and open-flame cooking, which can lead to trachoma.

80% of cases of advanced trachoma (called trichiasis) are among women, for example, but they receive less treatment for these conditions than men.

The Quote: “We just stop looking at visual impairment in women and girls as strictly a health issue but an education issue, a financial issue, and a wider societal issue,” says Imran Khan of Sightsavers.


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