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RESEARCH STUDY

RESEARCH

Visual Impairment and Ocular Findings among Deaf and Hearing Impaired School Children in Central Region, Ghana

AUTHOR:

Ovenseri-Ogbomo, G.O., Abraham, C.H. and Kio, F.E.

SPONSOR/INSTITUTION:

YEAR PUBLISHED:

2013

PUBLICATION:

Journal of Medical and Biomedical Sciences

KEY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of visual impairment and ocular findings among hearing impaired children in a school for the deaf in the Cape Coast Municipality of Ghana.

  • This was a cross-sectional descriptive study conducted with 243 children.

  • Fourteen children (5.8%) had moderate visual impairment in the right eye, while 15 (6.2%) had moderate visual impairment in the left eye.

  • Refractive error was pre-sent in 75 (31.9%) of the children with astigmatism being the commonest form of refractive er

  • The overall prevalence of visual impairment was 5.8% among hearing impaired school children in the Central Region of Ghana.

  • There is the need for regular eye ex-amination for children diagnosed of hearing impairment.