A total of 65 tumours of the eye and ocular adnexa were reported between 1987 and 1996. Sixty-six (19 cases) were malignant and forty-four percent (26 cases) benign. The malignant tumours showed a male preponderance; male:female (MIF) ratio 1.8:1 while the benign neoplasms exhibited a slight female preponderance; 1:1.4.
age distribution revealed a bimodal pattern with a higher peak in the first decade and a smaller peak in the fifth. Burkitt's lymphoma emerged the commonest ophthalmic tumour accounting for 18.5% (12 cases) with a mean age at diagnosis of7.9 years while squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) was the commonest adult ophthalmic malignancy comprising 16.9% (11 cases) Squamous papilloma was the commonest benign orbito-ocular tumour while retinoblastoma was the commonest intraocular tumour.
for Burkitt's and SCC were comparable to other Nigerian centres while retinoblastomas revealed relatively lower occurrence