Tuaib and the Magical Magnifier


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Primary school pupil Tuaib Hussain now has every reason to enjoy doing his homework.

For the visually impaired Birmingham youngster has been provided with a special magnifier which enables him to see his schoolwork much more clearly.

Eight-year-old Tuaib, a pupil at Barford Primary School in Ladywood, Birmingham, was diagnosed with ocular albinism, a genetic condition that reduces the pigmentation of the iris, two years ago.

But, following contact with Focus Birmingham, Tuaib, who lives in Edgbaston, Birmingham, with his parents and three sisters, has been presented with an I-Loview portable electronic magnifier.

The recently developed device, which has a seven inch screen, enables Tuaib to see normal sized print by significantly enlarging it.

His mother, Hamida Begum, said: “Tuaib really likes his magnifier and it has already made a big difference to him.

“He says it is brilliant and he can now see things on it which means he is able to do his homework using the magnifier.”

Mrs Begum, whose three daughters are aged between two and 11, said Tuaib was diagnosed with ocular albinism at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after they noticed problems with his sight.

She added: “He couldn’t follow movement with his eyes and wasn’t noticing things as he should. He was also having problems picking up toys, but we had no idea what it was.”

Mrs Begum’s youngest daughter, Tanisha, has also been left partially sighted due to the same condition.

Tuaib was presented with the portable magnifier following his initial assessment at Focus in October.

His mother said: “Focus have been really good, and we are so grateful that Birmingham City Council put us in touch with them.


“His eyesight has now stopped where it is, which means he cannot see very much from the left eye.”

Gaynor Tromans, Clinic Manager at the Focus Birmingham Low Vision Centre, said Tuaib will be able to use the I-Loview magnifier at home, at school, and even when he is out and about.

As well as a seven inch screen, the device has full HD level image quality, continuous auto focus zoom, and technology developed by professional video engineers from Samsung.

The condition has left him with very low vision in his left eye.


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