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Journal of Medical Case Reports

, 6:316

First Online: 19 September 2012Received: 17 January 2012Accepted: 03 August 2012DOI: 10.1186-1752-1947-6-316

Cite this article as: Omar, R., Idris, S.S., Meng, C.K. et al. J Med Case Reports 2012 6: 316. doi:10.1186-1752-1947-6-316


IntroductionA 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 presentationWe 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.

ConclusionsContact 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.

KeywordsAlbino Low-vision rehabilitation Special contact lenses Telemicroscopes Electronic supplementary materialThe online version of this article doi:10.1186-1752-1947-6-316 contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

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Autor: Rokiah Omar - Siti Salwa Idris - Chung Kah Meng - Victor Feizal Knight


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