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Dr. William Singer
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Partial Albinism (Overview)

Partial albinism is a condition in which a person is missing some pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes due to a problem with an enzyme in the production of melanin (the colored particles that give color to skin, hair, and eyes).


Dr. William Singer
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Partial Albinism (Overview)

Partial albinism is a condition in which a person is missing some pigment in the skin, hair, and eyes due to a problem with an enzyme in the production of melanin (the colored particles that give color to skin, hair, and eyes).


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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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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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 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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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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Why does albinism cause nystagmus?

Why does albinism cause nystagmus?

Nystagmus: Nystagmus results when blindness occurs before four years of age. Many people with oculocutaneous albinism fall into this category. ...Read more

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What are some prenatal tests for albinism?

Depends: Testing depends on the type of albinism. Please check this website out - http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/sites/genetests/lab/disease/albinism?Db=genetests&search_param=contains. ...Read more