People often say health conditions don’t discriminate. But that’s not true of blindness, which is most certainly a gender issue. An estimated 36 million people in the world are blind and 55% are women.

That means there are more women who suffer from avoidable blindness because of cataract, trachoma and other eye diseases.

The first step to changing this is to understand why. That’s why we’ve broken it down for you in the infographic below.

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