Aim: To describe the genetics behind oculocutaneous albinism (OCA), and explore OCA in an African context in terms of the effects on the health and education of individuals with OCA.
Methods: A literature-based review was conducted using Pubmed. Searches were restricted to Englishbased publications, focusing on OCA in Africa.
Results: The genetics behind OCA and the effects of OCA in terms of visual impairment and skin cancer are explained along with a description of what low vision services and low vision aids are available to those with OCA in Africa.
Conclusions: The review concludes with useful advice to those with OCA and those working with or teaching students with OCA.