In the slums and rural areas of India, visual impairment, blindness, and childhood blindness are usually more prevalent.
This article argues that in order to improve the eye health of children and the community in these areas, it is important to understand the influence women and mothers have over children’s eye health and the eye health of the community as a whole. Published by the Community Eye Health Journal, the article examines the social context and highlights how slums and rural areas, most families are poor. Women also tend to have lower levels of education, less financial independence, and lower social status than men. A cultural preference towards men and boys has resulted in women often have very little say in how family resources are allocated are less able to ensure that their children, daughters in particular, will receive the eye care they need. They also have less influence in community decisions that affect eye health.
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