Characteristics of eye patients in two hospitals in an offshore island and in the peninsula Seiji Takahara 1 , Akihiro Ohira 2 , Tsugio Amemiya 2 , Akira Matsuo 3 1Dept of Ophthalmol, Yasaka Town Hosp 2Dept of Ophthalmol, Nagasaki Univ Sch of Med 3Dept of Internal Med, Tomie Hosp pp.1091-1094
Published Date 1998/6/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.1410905925
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We reviewed the profile of outpatients seen in two hospitals in an offshore islant (A) and in the peninsula (B) during 3 months through October 1996. The age distribution of patients showed a peak at 70 years in hospital A. It showed two peaks at below 20 years and at 70 years in hospital B. Patients seen in hospital B showed higher frequencies of corneal foreign body, congenital nasolacrimal stenosis, chalazion, hordeolum and ocular contusion and lesser frequencies of pterygium, diabetic retinopathy and conjunctivitis than hospital A. The differences were significant (p < 0.01) . There were 4 patients of retinitis pigmentosa in hospital A and 3 in hospital B. The former serves a population of 7,000 and the latter 6,000. The findings show peculiar characteristics of eye patients in remote hospitals which reflect the history, industry, natural environment and the specificity of hospitals.

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