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What is ocular cutaneous albinism?

What is ocular cutaneous albinism?

It is: An inherited disorder in which there is limited or no production of melanin. Melanin is the primary pigment the makes the skin colored. It is also very important in the eye. People who have this have very fair skin, blonde or red hair and blue eyes. They typically have very poor eyesight as well, and many are blind. ...Read more

Cutaneous (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of most complex organs of body. 3 layers: epidermis (outer), dermis (main part) and subcutaneous layers covers entire body, contains many specialized cells, maintains body temp, gathers sensory info from the outer world, has extremely important immune functions. It can give crucial clues as to what is internal. Dermatology and plastic surgery are ...Read more


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I have occular cutaneous albinism and my eyes are turning green. Is there any way to stop this?

I have occular cutaneous albinism and my eyes are turning green. Is there any way to stop this?

No: Oculocutaneous albinism is a genetic defect of the enzyme in our body that produces melanin-and this determines iris color. There are no cures or treatments for this genetic condition. As the amount of melanin determines eye color, the answer is no, there is no way to change iris color. ...Read more

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How can I treat partial albinism?

How can I treat partial albinism?

Not reversible: For this inherited condition you can only protect the skin and eyes. Use sunglasses, stay out of direct sunlight, use sunblock skin cream which you have to exposure yourself to the sun, use common sense. There is no treatment to reverse the condition. ...Read more

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 what are the effects of albinism on my child’s vision?

 what are the effects of albinism on my child’s vision?

Albino vision: Albinism has moderate and severe forms. Refractive needs are common. The eyes as a protective measure commonly develop a dancing motion (nystagmus) which lowers the central acuity. Light sensitivity is of course the rule. There are advances in this know to your ophthalmologist who you should consult when the condition is first detected. ...Read more

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 will having albinism affect my child’s development?

 will having albinism affect my child’s development?

What Type?: The best way to get your questions answered is to ask your child's pediatrician for a referral to a geneticist and a pediatric ophthalmologist at lucile packard children's hospital, where your child will receive excellent care. ...Read more

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How can albinism be diagnosed?

How can albinism be diagnosed?

Exam and testing: Albinism is a genetic disease of the enzyme that produces melanin. Genetic testing is available for the defective genes and a "hair bulb assay"-testing the hair follicles for the defective enzyme is also available. ...Read more

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Why do individuals affected by albinism have trouble seeing?

Why do individuals affected by albinism have trouble seeing?

Vision in albinism: Albinism has moderate and severe forms. Refractive needs are common. The eyes as a protective measure commonly develop a dancing motion (nystagmus) which lowers the central acuity. Light sensitivity is of course the rule. There are advances in this know to your ophthalmologist who you should consult when the condition is first detected. ...Read more

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