Women’s healthcare in rural Indian communities is often given secondary priority. Due to this, the most prevalent health problem for females in many regions of India is cataracts. It is financially impossible for a vast majority of these women to pay for corrective surgery.
Vision impairment makes it very difficult for women to maintain their roles as mothers, wives, grandmothers, and contributors to their families and villages. Many vision impaired females experience shame, loss of self-worth, and isolation. Not only is it difficult for them to help their family, but additionally, they become reliant on assistance from family members for simple tasks.