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dc.contributor.authorIlechie, A.A.
dc.contributor.authorEssuman, V.A.
dc.contributor.authorEnyionam, S.
dc.description.abstractThere is little information about the epidemiology of congenital eye anomalies in Ghana. We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 485 admissions to the paediatric eye centre of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Ghana [‎2004-2009]‎ and 263 were diagnosed with at least one anomaly. Visual acuity was quantitatively assessed in 209 patients and 130 had some visual impairment; 49 with bilateral and 64 with unilateral blindness. The most frequent congenital anomaly overall was cataract [‎n = 44]‎. In infants, cataract was the most frequent finding [‎28/121]‎. Toddlers most frequently presented with retinoblastoma [‎10/65]‎. Glaucoma was the most frequent anomaly in preschool [‎9/39]‎ and school [‎10/38]‎ children. We conclude that avoidable causes of childhood blindness caused most congenital eye anomalies. Intensification of community-based health promotion and preventive eye care, early detection and provision of adequate resources for effective therapy could reverse these trendsEN
dc.titlePrevalence of congenital eye anomalies in a paediatric clinic in GhanaEN
dc.relation.ispartofjournalEMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 19 (‎Supp.2)‎, 1-7, 2013

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