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Oculocutaneous albinism: an African perspective


Geraldine R. Mcbride

Orthoptic Department, Eye Clinic, University Hospital Galway, Galway, Ireland; Kwale District Eye Centre, Kwale, Mombasa, Kenya
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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.

How to Cite: Mcbride, G.R., (2014). Oculocutaneous albinism: an African perspective . British and Irish Orthoptic Journal . 11 , pp . 3–8 . DOI:
Published on 01 Aug 2014.
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