By Daniel Porter
Apr. 13, 2018
To diagnose albinism, an ophthalmologist will give you a thorough eye examination. He or she will look for nystagmus, strabismus and photophobia. Any one of these conditions by itself is not necessarily a sign of albinism. An ophthalmologist will also look at the retina to see if it has developed as it should.
Albinism itself has no treatment. But some conditions that people with albinism have are treatable. Other conditions related to be albinism are manageable.
For example, strabismus can be treated with glasses or surgery. Glasses can also help improve vision and reduce light sensitivity. For children with low vision, low vision aids such as hand-held magnifiers can help. Glasses with small telescopes attached are helpful for older children and adults. These lenses can help with both close and distant vision.
Parents, students and teachers can work together to help a child with albinism. It's important to consider seating, lighting and optical aids in the classroom. These can make learning easier for a child with albinism.
Peer support groups can help children and adults with albinism. These groups can help the individual to:
- feel less isolated
- learn positive attitudes and coping skills from others with low vision; and
- gather valuable resource information.