Everyone matters: Inequality and inequity in eye health.
According to the 2010 Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, the global prevalence of blindness (age-standardised) has declined from 0.60% in 1990 to 0.47% in 2010. This seems to indicate that an increasing number of people have access to good eye health services. However, this improvement is not equally distributed within and across nations. The GBD study also showed that 60% of blindness worldwide is among women, underlining that gender equity in eye health has not yet been achieved.