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Doctor insights on: Other Medical Problems Associated Albinism

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 are there other medical problems associated with albinism?

 are there other medical problems associated with albinism?

Vision, skin cancer: Albinism is caused by a defect in melanin synthesis, causing decreased pigment in skin and hair. The main medical problems associated with albinism are vision problems and increased risk of skin cancer. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a person with albinism passing his problem to their children?

What are the chances of a person with albinism passing his problem to their children?

X-linked or recesiv: The transmission of albinism will depend on the form involved. A male may have an x-linked or autosomal recessive(ar) form. A female is most likely to have the recessive form. A male would not pass it to his sons but could pass the carrier state to his unaffected daughters who might pass it to her sons. The ar albino only passes a carrier state unless the spouse carries the ar gene. ...Read more

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Will all people with albinism have vision problems?

Will all people with albinism have vision problems?

Most will: The lack of pigment formation can cause the ocular system to no work correctly. Most people with albinistm will function at a very high level but may not have perfect vision. They should protect their eyes with 95% block sunglasses when outside and get a full ophthalmic consult at lease yearly. ...Read more

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Are there any glasses that could correct the vision at least 50%? I have albinism with eyes problems: nystagmus, astigmatism, photophobia.

Are there any glasses that could correct the vision at least 50%? 
I have albinism with eyes problems: nystagmus, astigmatism, photophobia.

Probably not: Vision in albinism is limited by the effect of the lack of pigment on the central vision which is permanently lowered. You are asking if eyeglasses can improve on your current best and that is unlikely assuming you have already seen an ophthalmologist for eyeglasses and eye evaluation. ...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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 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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What is albinism?

What is albinism?

Albinism: Albinos inherit a deficiency in a gene which makes pigment. Pigment is protective against sun and other environmental influences it is usually a recessive and therefore the abnormal gene is in both parents with a 25% of albino offspring (higher if the parent is albino themselves). Multiple body systems can be affected including vision. Sun sensitivity is extreme. ...Read more

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What is albinism?

What is albinism?

Congenital condition: This is a congenital condition characterized by the complete or partial absence of pigment in the skin, eyes and hair. ...Read more

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What causes albinism?

What causes albinism?

No: Oculocutaneous albinism is a genetic defect of the enzyme in our body that produces melanin. There are no cures or treatments for this genetic condition. ...Read more

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Can albinism be cured?

Can albinism be cured?

No: Albinism is a genetic pigmentary disorder. The genetic defect that affects enzymes that are involving in pigment (melanin) production or distributive pathways. With this condition, it is absolutely imperative to use sunscreen/block, sunglasses, and sun protective clothing to prevent uv induced damages. ...Read more

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