Journal article

Causes and temporal trends of blindness and severe visual impairment in children in schools for the blind in North India

JS Titiyal, N Pal, GVS Murthy, SK Gupta, R Tandon, RB Vajpayee, CE Gilbert

BRITISH JOURNAL OF OPHTHALMOLOGY | BRITISH MED JOURNAL PUBL GROUP | Published : 2003

Abstract

AIMS: To describe the causes of severe visual impairment and blindness (SVI/BL) in children in schools for the blind in north India, and explore temporal trends in the major causes. METHODS: A total of 703 children were examined in 13 blind schools in Delhi. A modified WHO/PBL eye examination record for children with blindness and low vision which included sections on visual acuity, additional non-ocular disabilities, onset of visual loss, the most affected anatomical part of the eye concerning visual impairment, and the aetiological category of the child's disorder based on the timing of insult leading to visual loss was administered in all children. RESULTS: With best correction, 22 (3.1%)..

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