Blindness in Women-Gender Difference

Tiffany Brar
Posted October 11, 2020 from India

Two Third of Blind People Are Women!!!!!

 Yes, Mostly women bear a inconsistent burden of health inequality across the globe and face distinguishing barriers in accessing health care due to a variety of reasons.

Recently I read in article  that “The World Health Organisation (WHO) says out of the total blind population around the world, 64% are girls and women”. BUT WHY THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE in the men and women ration in blindness?

 

As a blind women and a pioneer in the field of visual impairment I have observed certain factors in India why blindness is found more in women than in men. As this October is “Blind Awareness Month” and spreading the message of “Hope in Sight”, I would like to share some important reasons in the gender variation of blindness in this world pulse platform.

  • I can tell CAREGIVING as one of the reason. Yes, most of the women in India are caretakers of their own family.  Mostly caring for others means self-sacrificing ourselves and putting our own needs aside. This includes needs of health too. So most of the  women give less priority to their eye health. May be it seems less important than caring for their loved ones.
  • KIDS CAN MAKE BLIND TOO. Yes, it is true.  Usually toddlers can carry a bug which is called as TRACHOMA which can spread to others and scratch the cornea of the eye. Mostly women in India are likely to take care of the infants and also to stay at home. It is one of the important reasons on how women are at a high risk of blindness.
  • The last is LESS ACCESS TO QUALITY EYE CARE. Single mothers and elderly women mostly have less availability to eye care hospitals. May be it can depend on how much they earn and how they are living. So being living in poverty and in remote areas will reduce the chances of proper eye care and hospital visits.

 

Life of women is completely different when compared with men. It is because of juggling in between the demands of family, kids, jobs, looking after aged parents and so on.

We women all play the role of perfect care giver than men. The reason hidden is we often neglect our SELF CARE than men.

As this is BLIND AWARENESS MONTH lets promise ourselves to care of  our eye and reduce the gender difference in blindness.

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Nini Mappo
Oct 12, 2020
Oct 12, 2020

Hello Tiffany,
Wow those statistics are staggering! I had no idea. Good on you for creating this awareness and the reminder that self care is still loving our families. I like the concept of 'hope in sight', and how much hope you are creating for the visually impaired community in your area. Well done, and more 'hope in sight' to you!!

Tiffany Brar
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Thanks Nini.
There are still a lot of blind people who needs to empowered and to be trained to live an independent life.
Let this "hope in sight" bring a strong awareness about blindness in the life of everyone.
Thanks Nini.

Beth Lacey
Oct 15, 2020
Oct 15, 2020

I am promising along with you

Tiffany Brar
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Dear Beth,
Thanks so much for your support and promise in empowering the blind community.
Thanks again.

Maria Sundvall
Oct 20, 2020
Oct 20, 2020

Thank you for sharing Tiffany! I had no idea, but the reasons you mention makes sense. It doesn´t mean that it´s fair though. Thanks for making us aware of “Blind Awareness Month” and “Hope in Sight”

Tiffany Brar
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Dear Maria,
Thanks for your comments.
Yet this blind awareness should reach globally so that everyone can be aware of blindness and how to support blind people.
Thanks again.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Oct 26, 2020
Oct 26, 2020

Hello, Tiffany,

I love reading your posts because you educate us from the perspective of the blind community. We are listening, dear. Please keep on sharing!

Tiffany Brar
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Dear Karen
Thanks so much for your encouraging words and for understanding the needs of blind community.

Adanna
Oct 28, 2020
Oct 28, 2020

Thank you Tiffany for the awareness!

Thank you for sharing too.

Love,
Adanna

Tiffany Brar
Nov 02, 2020
Nov 02, 2020

Adanna,
There are still a lot of people who are completly unaware blindness and its effects. We are working towards it and to create global awareness on blindness.
Thanks so much for your kind words.