Journal of the Nigerian Optometric Association

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Prevalence Of Visual Disorders In Deaf Children In Benin City

AB Osaiyuwu, JA Ebeigbe


The most developed and most important of the special senses of the body is the sense of sight and hearing, both of which are predisposed to gradual impairment in the absence of the other. It has been shown that the occurrence of either visual impairment and deafness or hearing loss existing independently or co-existinghave potential complications inthephysicalwellbeingof anindividual child. Of the 86 students examined in this research, 34(39.53%) were males while 52(60.47%) were females. However, 63(73.26%) subjects of the total population studied had visual disorders. The Pearson Correlation coefficient result of -0.77 showed a negative association in the distribution between age and
visual disorders. It is thus advocated that prompt attention and treatment be paid to visual abnormalities inthe hearing impaired child at an early age.
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