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African Journal of Biomedical Research
Ibadan Biomedical Communications Group
ISSN: 1119-5096
Vol. 5, No. 1-2, 2002, pp. 1-3
Bioline Code: md02001
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Journal of Biomedical Research, Vol. 5, No. 1-2, 2002, pp. 1-3

 en RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH EYE DISEASES IN IBADAN, NIGERIA
A.I AJAIYEOBA AND S.C.O SCOTT

Abstract

Four hundred and eighty-two patients who presented in the General Outpatient Department with eye diseases between July and December 1989 were included in the study. Risk factors considered were residential age, sex, residential address, occupation, previous eye medication and socio-economic status. The study showed that no age-range was spared even though more adults (64%) presented with eye diseases than children. There was slight male preponderance. Majority (70.7%) of patients had tried one form of treatment or the other. Most (73.2%) of the patients were of the lower socio-economic groups. School children, farmers, welders and panel beaters were particularly at risk of ocular problems from injuries with potential for blindness. These groups of people at risk of eye conditions can be targeted for health programmes e. g health education particularly at the primary heath care level.

Keywords
risk factors, eye diseases, Ibadan

 
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