Tips and hints to help those with Albinism and those who care for people with Albinism
We all know that people with Albinism have very fair skin and eyes. So needless to say they need to cover up and wear dark glasses.

My children have found that Dark Brown Lenses in spectacles are better than other colours. And we should know as we tried all the different coloured lenses the optician had to offer.

Always wear a peaked cap in sunlight. Again we tried the Baseball style but that would mean their necks would burn or be left exposed. So we discovered Beanie Hats like anglers wear, good coverage and trendy too.

Long sleeve t-shirts are great and readily available as they are 'trendy' at the moment and come in some very attractive designs, also the longer length shorts for boys are appropriate.

Sun Creams - What a mine field. Some people with Albinism are lucky enough to get their cream on prescription from their GP, others have to buy it. I had to buy it and fought for 12 years for my son to be seen by a dermatologist who then prescribed some very effective sun creams. She even prescribed a tinted face cream, but when on their faces look a little strange.

Go for a Factor 30 and up, ones we have found to be excellent quality are E45, Oriflame (of which I can supply), Boots Childrens Suncream and ROC. I tend to use a sunblock on tops of ears, nose and back of neck. A good thing to remember with these creams is a good UVA and UVB protection. Also in winter use a cream as the UVA rays in can also damage the skin and its good practice to keep the skin in good condition. Always remember to put suncream on the backs of hands as these can burn easily and many people forget to protect this area.

If you cannot get into a Low Vision Aid Clinic at your local hospital there are many items you can buy on the highstreet to help. Monacles are brilliant, my son Shanley has benefited greatly with his. Enlarged keyboards for the computer can be obtained through catalogues and off the internet.

Keeping furniture uncluttered and in the same place helps, as we have found if we move furniture around they tend to bump into them which although funny can also hurt.

A note to remember, quite a few people who have the condition of albinism do not want to be called Albino's. In certain countries this is used as a derogatory term, so whenever you meet or have to talk about these people we say 'that person with albinism'. I don't think its appropriate to say 'that person that suffers from Albinism'. Suffer is not a nice word, what we have to remember these are normal people who live totally normal lives and enjoy every min of it.