Correspondence: P. Flett, Adelaide Children’s Hospital, 72 King William Road, North Adelaide, SA 5006, Australia.
P. Flett, FRACP, FACRM. B. Saunders, FRACO.
Abstract A retrospective analysis was conducted of 397 children, ranging in age from 2 to 19 years, attending the Regency Park Centre for Young Disabled in Adelaide. The disorders represented included cerebral palsy, head injury, spina bifida, severe speech and/or language disorders, muscular dystrophy and a number of less common conditions. The incidence of significant ophthalmic abnormalities in this population was 51%, with the highest incidence being 69 and 62% among children with head injury and cerebral palsy, respectively. Children with severe speech and language disorders had an incidence of 24%. Overall, routine examinations revealed previously unsuspected significant eye abnormalities in 31% of the children. A complete ophthalmic examination should be part of the evaluation of all physically disabled children to ensure early identification and treatment of abnormalities, and to optimize rehabilitation.
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