Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences

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Open globe injuries

OI Okoye, F Maduka-Okafor, BI Eze


The study was designed to identify the types and causes of open globe injuries, the people at risk of such injuries in our environment, and their visual outcome. A retrospective review of all cases of open globe injury presenting at the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu between 1994 and 2004 was carried out. The relevant information obtained were recorded in questionnaire format which formed the database for analysis with the EpiInfo version 6 software.
Ninety eight patients, representing 4.3% of all eye ward admissions within the study period, comprised the study population. There was a preponderance of males (65.3%), children (52%) and left eye involvement (57.1%). after treatment and discharge. There is a strong need to encourage early presentation, promote public eye safety, intensify eye health education and improve facilities/personnel in the hospitals for the treatment for all complications associated with open globe injuries.

Nigerian Journal of Surgical Sciences Vol. 17 (1) 2007: pp. 37-42

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