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Comment & Response
May 2015

Women in Print—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Stein Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, California
  • 2Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York
  • 3Association to Prevent Blindness in Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
JAMA Ophthalmol. 2015;133(5):621. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2015.223

In Reply We thank Davis and colleagues for their interest in our article about publication trends in ophthalmology during the past decade and for directing us to read their recently published work. While we wholeheartedly agree that these are important topics, we view the 2 issues as being distinct and would like to address them separately.

As quoted in their “Gender and Uveitis” editorial in the special issue of Journal of Ophthalmology, the World Health Organization website says, “In every region of the world and at all ages, females have a significantly higher risk of being visually impaired.”1 The 10 articles that follow further enlighten readers in gender differences related to uveitic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, sarcoidosis, and Vogt-Koyanagi-Harada disease, to name a few. The issue has set an important precedent and it would be beneficial to expand our knowledge of other gender-related eye diseases such as toxemia of pregnancy, macular holes, and vitreomacular traction syndrome. Furthermore, we ponder the global impact that education, domestic violence, and socioeconomic class have on women and blindness in developing countries.

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