Tole and Bahola are classmates in eastern Kenya, both born with albinism. They keep their eyes shut because of photophobia, an eye condition which literally means fear of light.
Albinism is a rare condition which results in the absence of pigment in hair, eyes and skin. People with albinism have a very sensitive skin, they must use sun lotion every day and wear good clothing and hats to protect themselves from the sun. They often suffer from vision problems and should be wearing low vision- or special light sensitivity glasses but most of the children can’t effort them.
Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation in Nairobi continues to reach children with albinism all over Kenya. Ophthalmologist Dr. Prabha Choksey makes sure that all these children will get a free specialised eye checkup and photocromatic glasses. When the diagnosis of eye diseases is determined before the age of 7, it will help improve and preserve sight of the patient, and in this way also improve the quality of life.