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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Pattern of Eye Diseases in Children of 5-15 Years at Bazzertaline Area (South Karachi) Pakistan

AUTHOR:

Shaikh SP, Aziz TM

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2005

PUBLICATION:

Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and pattern of eye diseases in children aged 5-15 years

  • This was a population based cross-sectional survey in the Bazzertaline area of Karachi (South) from July to August, 2003

  • Refractive error of 2% was found to be the primary ocular morbidity, followed by conjunctivitis 1.2%, and squint was found as third ocular morbidity with the prevalence of 0.6%

  • Low vision was found in 2.2%, the leading cause being uncorrected refractive error

  • Gender showed higher visual impairment in girls as compared to boys 1.72%. Only one case of vitamin-A deficiency was seen

  • The study concluded that provision of spectacles would address the most commonly found problem of uncorrected refractive error