Management of visual disturbances in albinism: A case report

Rokiah Omar, Siti Salwa Idris, Chung Kah Meng, Victor Feizal Knight

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Introduction: A number of vision defects have been reported in association with albinism, such as photophobia, nystagmus and astigmatism. In many cases only prescription sunglasses are prescribed. In this report, the effectiveness of low-vision rehabilitation in albinism, which included prescription of multiple visual aids, is discussed. Case presentation: We present the case of a 21-year-old Asian woman with albinism and associated vision defects. Her problems were blurring of distant vision, glare and her dissatisfaction with her current auto-focus spectacle-mounted telescope device, which she reported as being heavy as well as cosmetically unacceptable. We describe how low-vision rehabilitation using multiple visual aids, namely spectacles, special iris-tinted contact lenses with clear pupils, and bi-level telemicroscopic apparatus devices improved her quality of life. Subsequent to rehabilitation our patient is happier and continues to use the visual aids. Conclusions: Contact lenses with a special iris tint and clear pupil area are useful aids to reduce the glare experienced by albinos. Bi-level telemicroscopic apparatus telemicroscopes fitted onto our patient's prescription spectacles were cosmetically acceptable and able to improve her distance vision. As a result these low-vision rehabilitation approaches improved the quality of life of our albino patient.

Original languageEnglish
Article number316
JournalJournal of Medical Case Reports
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Albinism
Audiovisual Aids
Low Vision
Rehabilitation
Glare
Prescriptions
Contact Lenses
Iris
Pupil
Quality of Life
Telescopes
Equipment and Supplies
Photophobia
Astigmatism

Keywords

  • Albino
  • Low-vision rehabilitation
  • Special contact lenses
  • Telemicroscopes

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  • Medicine(all)

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Management of visual disturbances in albinism : A case report. / Omar, Rokiah; Idris, Siti Salwa; Meng, Chung Kah; Knight, Victor Feizal.

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Omar, Rokiah ; Idris, Siti Salwa ; Meng, Chung Kah ; Knight, Victor Feizal. / Management of visual disturbances in albinism : A case report. In: Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2012 ; Vol. 6.
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