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A retrospective analysis of all new patients attending our eye casualty department was carried out during the 1 year period, from January to December 1987. During this time the casualty unit saw and treated 4905 new patients. Of these 40.61% were traumatic in origin, 30.52% comprised various ocular infections and the remaining 28.87% had miscellaneous ocular problems. On average, 13 new patients and seven consultations from other departments were seen and treated daily. Apart from the management of ocular emergencies, other functions provided by our department included glaucoma screening, donor eye collection, attending to referrals from other departments and eye health education.