The Problem of Educating Blind Children in Benin City

  • O.A. Dawodu University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Department of Ophthalmology, Benin City.
  • F.N. Ejegi University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City.
Keywords: Blindness, Educating blind children.


All the institutions available for formal education of blind children in Benin City were studied. The total number of children in these schools were 14 (eleven in the primary school exclusively for blind children and three were attending normal secondary schools with facilities for blind education). The number reflects the gross under utilisation for the facilities available. The commonest cause of blindness amongst these children was opacities in the media which occurred in 8 out of 14 (57%) (6 in the cornea and 2 in the lens). This was closely followed by congenital anomalies, 7 out of 14 (50%) (micro-cornea 4, micro-ophthalmos 2, congenital glaucoma 1). Some of the factors militating against a better uptake of the available facilities are discussed.

Nigerian Journal of Ophthalmology Vol. 9, No.1 (August 2001): pp 20-24

KEY WORDS: Blindness, Educating blind children.

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